See war tank up close at South Shields museum

South Tyneside school children will be among the first to see a replica WW1 tank when it pays a visit to the region.
South Tyneside school children will be among the first to see a replica WW1 tank when it pays a visit to the region.

South Tyneside schoolchildren will be among the first to see a replica First World War tank when it pays a visit to the region.

The full-scale, working copy of an MKIV tank is set to be shown to the public on Friday and Saturday.

It will then be part of the Bad-landers Motorcycle Club fun day, alongside an exhibition of motorbikes, scooters, custom cars and military vehicles, at Bents Park, South Shields, on Sunday.

Ahead of the event, held in support of Armed Forces Day, pupils from Marine Park and Hadrian primary schools, in South Shields, will be finding out more about the tank during a special visit to its temporary home at Arbeia Roman Fort.

During the First World War, MK1V tanks toured the country in a campaign to stir support and funding for the war and armaments.

The tank’s visit to is a feature of the Treasures of South Tyneside 2015 programme.