IF you were passing through the streets of Wick at the weekend you might have been shocked to see a World War II era tank guarding the hillside opposite St Fergus Church.
With war veteran Captain Tom Moore raising record amounts for the NHS and Dame Vera Lynn’s anthem We’ll Meet Again back in the charts, memories of the 1939-45 conflict have a real poignancy due to the ongoing battle against coronavirus.
Saturday’s sunny spells brought out another reminder of the war – a German Tiger 1 tank that lumbered across the grassy slopes beside the flower beds at Kirkhill.
The Nazi tank may have looked menacing but was actually just a sixth the size of a real one and (luckily) incapable of firing shells into the town’s High Street below.
It was, in fact, a well-crafted model created by the skilful hands of Andrew Richard – a regular at the annual Caithness Model Show held in the Norseman Hotel – who was teaching the art of radio-controlled tank driving to his young son Alex outside their home.
Andrew said: “My son wanted it out for a go so I let him use the radio control as there is a fair area of space and nothing to hit. Also it’s