Queen’s wartime Army truck among vehicles at military exhibition

Tom Cunningham of the North East Military Vehicle Club and Gillian Robinson, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, with a 1942 Austin Tilly.
Tom Cunningham of the North East Military Vehicle Club and Gillian Robinson, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, with a 1942 Austin Tilly.
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AN Army truck with a royal connection will be putting in a special appearance at the region’s biggest exhibit of military vehicles.

The 1942 Austin Tilly pick-up – the same model as the vehicle driven by the Queen during the Second World War – will be on display at the 39th North East Military Vehicle Rally.

The annual event takes place at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery this month.

It will also feature 60 restored vehicles and artillery dating from the 30s to the present day.

The show, organised by the North East Military Vehicle Club, also includes stalls and living history displays, as well as family-friendly activities.

Gillian Robinson, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery manager, said: “The Military Vehicle Rally is always a popular draw over the Bank Holiday weekend.”

The Queen drove an Austin Tilly while serving with the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women’s branch of the British Army, in the early 40s.

A general utility vehicle, the Tilly was used on RAF bases and during the D-Day landings to transport personnel, ammunition and supplies.

It was also often used as an ambulance and a mobile church, with services being held from the back.

For more information about the North East Military Vehicle Rally, which takes place on Sunday and Monday, August 26 and 27, from 10am to 4pm. Call 384 2214, email dli@durham.gov.uk or visit www.durham.gov.uk/dli.

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