Schoolchild takes Panzer to prom

A suited and booted teenager has turned heads after arriving at his prom in a tank.

16-year-old Brennan Boys made a dramatic entrance when he rolled into his school prom perched on top of a 17-tonne Panzer.

Schoolchild takes Panzer to prom

It was loaned to the Year 11 pupil by his grandfather, Brian, 80, 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... Everyone was lined up taking photos and filming it.

"I'd told some of my friends and they told others, but some of the year had no idea and were really shocked." He 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'.

Panzer tank
The 30-year-old Panzer tank saw active service but has been deactivated

The Greater Manchester school says it's not the most bizarre form of transport - after one student arrived in a coffin - but the tank was definitely up there. 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."

Brennan's grandfather has been collecting military vehicles for many years.

His haul includes American jeeps from the Second World War, a 55-tonne battle tank and two tanks which were used in the film 'Saving Private Ryan'.

Former military policeman Brian collects and restores the vehicles, as well as hiring them out for films.

He's also held private viewings to raise money for forces charity Help for Heroes.