When the filmmakers behind the new Dad’s Army movie wanted to get Corporal Jones’ Ford van back on the road, we were on hand to help.
The 1935 Ford BB truck was among the first commercial vehicles produced at our Dagenham site – before becoming one of the stars of the much-loved TV show of the same name more than 30 years later.
And it was a team of apprentices based at Dagenham, together with heritage vehicle technicians, who carried out the required work for this year’s big screen outing – including a full engine rebuild.
“It has been wonderful to see the van back at Dagenham after all these years,” said Paul Neighbour, manager, Ford Dagenham Engine Plant. “We’re delighted that our apprentices have had the opportunity to get involved with getting such an iconic vehicle back on the road.”
Dad’s Army, in cinemas now, stars Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, alongside Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sir Michael Gambon.
“This vehicle has a special place in British entertainment history, and is enjoyed by the many visitors to the Dad’s Army museum,” said Stuart Wright, from the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford “It’s fantastic to see the van operational again and we hope it will capture the imagination of the younger visitors less familiar with Dad’s Army, as well as triggering happy memories for the older generations.”