01 July 2017

Suited and booted schoolboy, 16, arrives at his prom in a TANK after borrowing it from his grandad

A MILITARY-minded teen blew his classmates away when he arrived at his year 11 prom… in a TANK.

Brennan Boys, 16, rolled up to his school prom perched on top of his grandfather’s 17-tonne panzer to make his dramatic entrance.

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Prom Panzer… 16-year-old Brennan Boys manned the turret of his grandad’s tank as it rumbled into his school prom[/caption]

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Crowds gathered to take photos of the teenagers as they arrived[/caption]

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The suited and booted boys beamed from the top of the enormous war machine[/caption]

The school lad was met by stunned prom-goers at the end of year bash for pupils leaving Alder Grange School in Rawtenstall, Greater Manchester.

His school say it’s not the most bizarre form of transport used for prom after one student arrived in a coffin – but the tank was definitely up there as Brennan arrived at Higher Trapp Country House Hotel.

He was loaned the prom panzer by his grandfather, Brian, 80, who is an avid collector of military vehicles.

Brennan said: “I came up with the idea about a month ago and wondered if it’d be possible to go to the prom in one.

“I’ve been inside some of the tanks before but haven’t been driven in one, I really enjoyed it – I’m really grateful for my grandad for organising it all.

“I was overwhelmed with the reaction we had pulling into the Higher Trapp, everyone was lined up taking photos and filming it.

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Brennan’s grandad, an 80-year-old military enthusiast, drove the massive armoured vehicle[/caption]

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While some had heard rumours of the tank’s surprise entrance, others baffled when it arrived[/caption]

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The deactivated Austiran tank had previously seen action when manned by an ex RAF pilot[/caption]

“I’d told some of my friends and they told others, but some of the year had no idea and were really shocked.”

Brennan, of Rossendale, added: “I think it’s probably one of the most unique ways the school has had of getting to the prom.”

The 30-year-old tank, which originates in Austria, had previously been used in action and driven by an ex RAF pilot, but has since been ‘deactivated’.

Former military policeman Brian has been collecting military vehicles for many years and his haul includes WW2 American jeeps, a 55 tonne battle tank and two tanks which were used in the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’.

Apart for collecting and restoring tanks he hires them out for films and has held private viewings to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Head of School at Alder Grange Joanna Griffiths said: “We’ve had some pretty unusual ways of arriving to the prom, including one pupil who turned up in a coffin, but Brennan certainly made a dramatic entrance arriving in a tank.

“The Year 11 students have worked extremely hard and had a fantastic night at the prom celebrating their achievements.”

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