Do you enjoy standing in front of a camera? I rather prefer working up 30 meters high in a tree than talking into a microphone. But when the German TV Station DMAX asked for permission to accompany me when my 52 ton childhood dream would be brought to my home at Baumdienst Siebengebirge I just could not say no.
The reason is that the Centurion tank (of Swiss army origin) was to become the new member of our “Little Britain” at Baumdienst Siebengebirge near the Seven Mountains in Germany – being an attraction for our visitors and protecting the Queen right next door in Robin Hood’s Hideaway. I do admit that I am in Englishman. And this allows us to be a little bit crazy, at least in Germany 😉
And my father gave this model of a Centurion tank to me when I was just three years old. As the opportunity arose early this year to buy the exact same Centurion as the original tank from the fifties being held by the Swiss army I could just not resist.
Since then the tank is with us regarded as a symbol for peace and freedom – and fulfilling my childhood dream. There is nothing that I could despise more than war – I have been in France at the Somme this year, where my granduncle Charles Thomas Lancaster died in WW I and my grandfather Frederic Lusby Blackburn was lucky to survive.
But now, stay with me and share my emotions, if you like. The transport of the Centurion and setting up the tank here at our ground was not an easy thing to do – which really is not all that surprising, if you need to be moving 52 tons of steel.
DMAX accompanied the transport and you can see the TV documentation here: http://www.dmax.de/programme/steel-buddies/videos/steel-buddies-ein-panzer-fuer-den-garten/