Revving up for military vehicle rally

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THE region’s biggest gathering of military vehicles celebrates its 40th birthday with displays, stalls and live music.

The North East Military Vehicle Rally takes place during the August bank holiday weekend, in the grounds of the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery. Featuring around 60 expertly restored vehicles and pieces of artillery, the annual event has been proving a popular draw with visitors of all ages for four decades.

As well as superbly restored displays dating from the 1930s to the present day, the rally will include stalls, living history displays and dioramas and a performances by 1940s-style singer Katie Spitfire.

Organised by the North East Military Vehicle Club, the event is open from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, August 25, and Monday, August 26, from 10am to 4pm.

Gillian Robinson, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery manager, said: “The Military Vehicle Rally is one of the highlights of the museum’s year but this year is particularly special as we’re marking the event’s 40th anniversary.

“We would love people to come along and help us celebrate. Once again we’ll have lots to interest the dedicated enthusiast as well as plenty to keep younger visitors entertained.”

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