Innocent out of work anglers passing the time of day on the Northern Canal got the shock of their lives as a German U Boat surfaced before their very eyes and frightened away their tiddlers.
"I could have swore I saw that dirty Kraut Admiral Karl Doenitz in the turret with a pair of binoculars scanning the area" claimed one very shocked and slightly p+ss+d on Newcastle Brown fisherman!
A red alert was signalled and the RAF swung into action flying deep across the canal hoping to launch a rocket or two at the scoundrel.
Also the local Dads army jumped into to their WWII jeeps and set hot foot off towards the canal armed with their Enfield rifles and nothing else.
In the interim the clown dressed as Admiral Doenitz got his U Boat caught up on a passing sand bank and revealed himself as staunch BNP party member Joseph Gobbles from Geordie land, he surrendered and the scare was over.
The U Boat was a perect replica of the real thing but Joseph's very strong Geordie accent blew the whole hoax.
Thank God for the quick thinking of our geriatric Dad's Army otherwise we could have had WWIII!