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Bid for museum to house Crowland Buffalo is gathering pace

Campaigners are hoping to raise £30,000 to build a museum in Crowland - as work continues to restore the Buffalo unearthed in the town.

A patch of land has already been earmarked for a building to house the amphibious vehicle and highlight the town’s rich history - and now a fundraising drive is under way to get this built.

The Buffalo had been sent to Crowland to help combat devastating floods of 1947 and had sunk 28-feet below the surface, where it stayed until the end of last month.

Daniel Abbott with the tank (46714197)
Daniel Abbott with the tank (46714197)

The project has sparked international interest from media outlets and enthusiasts, giving farmer Daniel Abbott - who masterminded the recovery mission - hope that a museum will be a popular attraction.

He said: “I have regular chats with a couple of people from Australia, people from America, New Zealand and the Netherlands - it’s gone worldwide.

“By the time we get the museum up and running, people will travel to come to see it.”

With the land secured - at an undisclosed site near Crowland - the estimated price of putting up a building is £30,000, although the hope is to raise even more to make the museum as wide-ranging as possible.

Full restoration of the Buffalo is likely to cost about £100,000, however.

Volunteers are now restoring the personnel carrier - which is still in good condition.

During that work, the team keeps making new discoveries - with tools, a fire extinguisher and even some toothpaste being found in a tin under the floor panels.

Items such as these as well as former railway track and the remains of a brickyard could be put on display in the museum.

Mr Abbott said: “At the moment, every night after work we are flat out cleaning and getting prepared for sealing it up. She has stood up well and looks pretty damn well.”

He added: “Every time we do work on the Buffalo it brings up new things.

“You can’t fault the machine - the machine is now talking to us.”

To support the museum cause, visit https://uk.gofundme.com/f/crowland-buffalo-restoration-museum

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