Special tour to salute Lincoln’s role in creating the tank, 100 years on

Two local history experts are set to tour the county to pay homage to the 100th anniversary of the first military tank, created in Lincoln.

Richard Pullen, lecturer, military historian and author, whose grandfather worked on the first tanks at William Foster and Co in Lincoln during World War I, will be joined by filmmaker Andrew Blow, who has discovered local film of the early tanks.

Presenter Richard Pullen.

Presenter Richard Pullen.

The duo, who were recently commended by Bovington Tank Museum for their ‘Birth of the Tanks‘ DVD, will be touring public halls and local societies this winter.

The Lecture and Film Show will coincide with several anniversaries of the creation of the first tank prototypes, leading to the Mark 1, the first tank to be used in battle in September 1916.

The tour is being sponsored by North Hykeham-based Cartwright Brothers, who have emblazoned a hug image of the new Lincoln Tank Memorial on one of their large haulage trailers.

The tour begins at the Old Schoolroom, Nettleham, on Wednesday, November 4. It then moves to the Golf Hotel, Woodall Spa on November 7 and the Nottingham branch of the Royal Tank Regiment Association on November 12. A full list of dates are to be confirmed.

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Andrew Blow.

Andrew Blow.

Andrew said: “Richard and I are both looking forward to touring, as well as imparting information. We may learn something ourselves.”

The Nettleham night will also see the official launch of the ‘Lincoln Tank Weekend’ DVD from Blow by Blow Productions.

Jamie Cartwright, a director of Cartwright Bros said: “As a local company we take great pride in our historic city of Lincoln and we wanted to help celebrate the new memorial by drawing people’s attention to it.”