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History of Ashford town centre’s iconic First World War tank revealed

By Express reporter

It’s one of Ashford town centre’s most iconic landmarks.

The Mark IV tank, No 245, sits under a specially constructed covered area in St George’s Square.

Hundreds of residents walks past it each week, and it’s admired by visitors to the town.

But few know why and how it got there.

Well, the answers are outlined in the latest in the KE's series of Great War Stories.

We tell the detailed story of how on August 1, 1919, the tank arrived by rail at Ashford station before a Tank Corps crew drove it along Station Road, through the High Street and to St George’s Square at a maximum speed of 3.7mph, to the delight of the crowds in the town centre who watched the slow journey.

Read the two-page article in this week's Kentish Express.

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