Dorset

WW1 convoy travels to Great Dorset Steam Fair

  • 16 August 2014
  • From the section Dorset
WW1 convoy
The 72-tonne convoy travelled north via Bere Regis, A31, A354, and Blandford Forum

A convoy of World War One vehicles has travelled from the Bovington Tank Museum to the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

The 80ft (24m) load will form part of a special World War One centenary display at the event at Tarrant Hinton.

Dorset Police had warned "traffic problems" were expected until 18:30 BST as the 72-tonne convoy travelled north via Bere Regis, A31, A354, and Blandford Forum.

The Dorset Steam Fair is on from 27 to 31 August.

The convoy crew was dressed in British Army uniform from the time and the load was flanked by several other army vehicles in an attempt to recreate an original World War One convoy.

There was also a steam lorry, a Daimler lorry and a traction wagon.

Steam fair managing director Martin Oliver earlier said: "It will be a breathtakingly moving sight to see an such a colossal road run arriving onsite in British Army colours with everyone in uniform."

Holt tractors were used to tow heavy artillery such as this 8 inch Howitzer Mk V at the Battle of the Somme in 1917

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