Lincolnshire

Lincoln marks 100th anniversary of the tank

Green Fields Beyond event
Image caption The tank was designed and created in Lincoln by engineers working for agricultural engineering firm Fosters

Celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of Lincoln's first World War One tanks have taken place.

Thousands of actors and participants took part in the Green Fields Beyond event.

It also focused on the role of the women, dubbed "Munitionettes", who worked on the production lines

The tank was designed by William Tritton and Walter Wilson while working for Lincoln agricultural engineering firm Fosters.

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Image caption Thousands of actors and participants took part in the event
Image caption Large crowds turned out to enjoy the Green Fields Beyond celebrations

A small number of Mark 1 tanks from Lincoln were used for the first time on 15 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

The name of the event is taken from the unofficial tank regiment motto "Through Mud and Blood to the Green Fields Beyond".

Image caption Storytellers recounted Lincoln's role in designing, creating and producing the first tanks
Image caption The event was named after the unofficial tank regiment motto "Through Mud and Blood to the Green Fields Beyond"

Throughout Saturday crowds were kept entertained with music, storytelling, poetry and historical talks.

The weekend's celebrations culminated with a performance at Lincoln Castle attended by more than 3,000 people.

Image caption The weekend's events culminated with a performance at Lincoln Castle
Image caption More than 3,000 people attended the performance at Lincoln Castle

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