A newly-restored American tank will be making its first appearance at next year's Tankfest extravaganza.

The Second World War M3 Lee tank has been restored to running order by the Armourgeddon Military Museum and it will be running in public for the first time at Tankfest 2020.

The M3 Lee was used by the Australian Army in the Pacific against the Japanese during the Second World War. The Armourgeddon team bought the Lee from an Australian collector, and it has taken eight months to fully restore.

Chris van Schaardenburgh, head of collections, said: "The Lee is an iconic Second World War tank and we are very pleased to have a newly-restored example running at Tankfest.

"I know that the Tankfest audience will be delighted to see the tank as part of the Second World War armour display."

The American M3 was produced in two variants, as the M3 Lee and M3 Grant tanks. Both variants were used by the Allies and were delivered as part of the American Lend-Lease programme.

The M3 Lee first entered the battlefield in mid-1942 and saw action with in North Africa, Sicily and the Pacific. The model was soon superseded by the famous Sherman tank.

Tankfest, held in June, is the biggest display of historic moving armour in the world.

Tickets can be bought online.