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Tanks roll into Heatons Bridge

The tanks will be rolling in for the Military Vehicle Weekend in Scarisbrick

Military Vehicle Weekend at the Heatons Bridge Inn in Scarisbrick in 2012
Military Vehicle Weekend at the Heatons Bridge Inn in Scarisbrick in 2012

Tanks, guns and jeeps will be descending on Heatons Bridge next month as a military vehicle group host their biannual event.

Military Vehicle Trust members and friends are having a Military Vehicle weekend at the Heatons Bridge inn in Scarisbrick, on April 5 and 6 to which members of the public are welcome to come to.

There are no admission or other charges involved and there will be a range of military vehicles on show of all eras from WW2 onwards.

Paul Connolly, the event organiser, said: “We’re really looking forward to the weekend. There will hopefully be a lot of vehicles on display from the war and post-war period.

“The event tends to be really popular and well attended so we’re hoping for a similar turnout this year from people.

“The owners of the vehicles usually get dressed up in 40s and 50s gear to really get into the spirit of things, we all love it.”

Paul is the proud owner of two vehicles himself which he will be showing off at the event.

He owns a Willies Jeep from 1944 in US navy colours and a Hodgkins Jeep from 1962 which he has refurbished in the US Army 101st Airborne specification.

The group host the events twice a year at the inn, courtesy of landlord Steve Winrow and wife and Jacqui and there are usually a wide range of vehicles on display.

The range spans Landrovers and Jeeps, through to four ton trucks, right up to a Mighty Antar Tank transporter-trailer and Abbot self propelled gun.

There is also a mighty Howitzer field gun with Foden Gun crew-bus which are now regularly part of the display.

The inn is located on the canal at Heatons Bridge and the grounds still retain the World War II freestanding brick pillbox which formed part of the home-guard defence provisions.

The inn also usually hosts a guest beer in honour of the weekend with previous brews including Willies Brew, Lancaster Bomber and Pill Box Ale all being served to thirsty punters.

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