A POP-UP exhibition marking the centenary of when a tank toured the region to raise funds for the First World War effort takes place tomorrow (Saturday).

In the three days the tank was in Bishop Auckland, from April 11 and 13 1918, £400,000 was raised, the equivalent of £32m today.

The tank, which had seen active service, was named Egbert No 141 and its visit was part of a tour of County Durham. This was one of six tours that took place across the UK between November 1917 and April 1918.

Today, a pop up exhibition will take place in the Newgate Shopping Centre in Bishop Auckland, telling the story of when Egbert came to the town. The event is organised by the Bishop Auckland Town Team and Chair, Nigel Bryson, had the idea after reading an entry in his great grandmother’s 1917 diary about the visit.

Artist Eric Thompson has painted an original picture of the tank and Sandra Hardy has crafted a unique piece of glass ware based on the vehicle. Both pieces of artwork will be sold at a blind auction to raise funds for the MRI Scanner Appeal for Bishop Auckland Hospital. Bids must be entered by noon on tomorrow.

Research into the tank’s visit will continue after the exhibition. Anyone with stories or photographs, can contact Mr Bryson on 07789 907441 or nigelbryson@btinternet.com