Madness as vintage tank unearthed at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking

PUBLISHED: 14:17 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 31 May 2017

Stephen Taylor and Suggs with the recovered WW2 Tank at Denbies (Photo: History/Justin Downing)

Stephen Taylor and Suggs with the recovered WW2 Tank at Denbies (Photo: History/Justin Downing)

Tank found at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

World War Two historian Rick Wedlock digs up English “Covenanter” tank at Dorking’s Denbies Wine Estate, with a little help from Madness frontman Suggs and archaeologist Stephen Taylor…

The tank found at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking (Photos: Matthew Williams)The tank found at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking (Photos: Matthew Williams)

During Denbies Wine Estate’s 30 year history, the vineyard has often played host to the weird (remember James May’s Lego house?!) and wonderful.

There have been few moments more surreal, however, than the sight of Madness frontman Suggs helping to unearth a World War Two tank from among the vines last week.

The Covenanter tank can now be seen in the vineyard for approximately two months, before it’s taken off site to be fully restored.

The archaeological dig, which took place on Tuesday May 23, is expected to form part of WW2 Treasure Hunters and is due to air on the History Channel this autumn.

For more about this story, pick up July’s Surrey Life magazine.

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