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Your Chance To Own The UK's Second Largest Military Costume Collection

The collection, which is up for sale, includes more than 10,000 costumes.

The second largest collection of military costumes in the UK has been put up for sale.

The collection has around 10,000 costumes, mostly military, which have been hired out to the entertainment industry for decades.

Now Lionel Digby, who owns a costume hire shop in Torquay, says it is time to sell the outfits on. 

"I'm in my early 80s and it's time to retire and I've got to find someone to take it all on and keep it going," he said.

"There was a lot of Second World War surplus [uniforms] in the 60s and 70s and it all got sold off - you can't get it anymore.

"You cannot put together what I've accumulated here - over 10,000 uniforms, with thousands and thousands of accessories." 

Lionel Digby holding one of his costumes.
Lionel Digby holding one of his costumes.

Costumes include military gear from Britain, Germany and Russia, including shoes, belts, gloves and gas masks.

A replica of a cap one that Hitler would have worn is also part of the huge collection.

Armour and swords from less-modern times have also been accumulated by Mr Digby over five decades.

Mr Digby's business began back in the 1960s as a fancy dress shop but went on to grow massively with costumes sprawled across two warehouses and a three-storey shop. 

Over the years, the businessman has provided costumes for some big-name entertainment including The King's Speech and Band of Brothers.