Was It Dad's Army?
No, in fact, it was Lieutenant Ian Eagles, four armoured vehicles and 12 of his finest troops. On Tuesday 31st March at 1.45pm the tanks and troops rolled into Julia Wallace. For those outside, the tankers could be heard coming along the main road while the rest of us waited patiently inside awaiting the call... 'they're here!' And wow, the chatter instantly started, a buzz of excitement in the air as the Care Centre staff busied themselves taking Residents out into the Hospital car park to view these mighty beasts. The troops shared a lot of interesting facts about their tankers. Did you know that with the push of a button from the inside of the tanker they can either deflate or inflate the tankers tyres all depending on the terrain they are in or on at the time.
This visit to Julia Wallace held special meaning for Lieutenant Ian Eagle as he came to honour NZ's only living tank driver of World War II, Mr Dudley Ebbett (Resthome Resident). Dudley was just thrilled to come out and not only enjoy the sunshine but speak of war times, then afterwards enjoy a super afternoon tea in the Resthome Lounge with the troops and Residents. A great time was had by all.