Lincoln Tank Weekend

100 years on, the first tank men and women are remembered

 

A further 87 minutes of tank nostalgia in our follow up to “Birth of the Tanks.” This DVD includes the Lincoln Tank Memorial unveiling ceremony which commemorated the tank inventors, the men and women of William Foster and Co Ltd who built the first tanks, and the first crews on the Western Front.

Our two camera coverage includes the cutting of the ribbon by relatives of the inventors Tritton and Wilson and the draughtsman Rigby, and by the daughter of a WW1 Fosters munitionette.

 

The three-year campaign of the Lincoln Tank Memorial Group to mark the Centenary of the world’s first fighting tank - invented in Lincoln in 1915 – culminated in this poignant 35-minute ceremony in the sunshine of May 10th 2015 on the Tritton Road roundabout near the site of Fosters original foundry.

 

A Piper and Squadron from the Royal Tank Regiment participated. On that same Sunday, thousands in London remembered the 75th anniversary of VE Day. A Spitfire from the BBMF in Lincolnshire flew over both events....see dvd.

 

Two nights earlier the Lincolnshire Seafarers Committee, recognising the Admiralty’s involvement 100 years earlier, held a Commemorative Dinner at the White Hart Hotel, Lincoln.

 

More than a hundred guests, including five members of the Tritton family from Canada, the High Constable, Lord Lieutenant and Lincoln Civic Party, gathered at the White Hart Hotel, Lincoln, to be piped into dinner by Lincoln Sea Cadets.

 

(It was at the White Hart in 1915 that William Tritton, MD of Fosters, Walter Wilson from the Admiralty’s Landships Committee, and Fosters draughtsman William Rigby, worked night after night to invent the first armoured tracked vehicle, Little Willie.)

 

Blow By Blow filmed both weekend events, including important speeches and interviews, and this extended coverage will be welcomed by everyone interested in the story of the tank.

 

A separate item shows how Rilmac and Co made the memorial tank one and a half times lifesize in Cor-ten steel, and its associated figures, including Tritton, Wilson and Rigby, in carbon steel. A timelapse sequence shows the tank being built in four minutes!

 

For details of Andrew Blow and Richard Pullen's Tank Tour Lecture and Film Show please go to: https://www.facebook.com/birthofthetanks

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