Meet Sergeant Major Marmite, who kept Dad’s Army actors in line

Stuart Adams, the Drill Sergeant from Dad's Army.

Stuart Adams, the Drill Sergeant from Dad's Army.

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The man responsible for teaching the actors from the new Dad’s Army film how to march is to make an appearance in Derbyshire next month

Stuart Adams joined the army in 1976 and worked his way up to Sergeant Major. He now enjoys raising the profile of the military and fundraising, especially for the Mercian Regiment, and providing security services for organisations.

Known by his nickname, Sergeant Major Marmite, because ‘you either love him or you hate him’, his ability to keep everyone in line led to him being approached by the producers of the newly-released Dad’s Army film. Stuart was asked if he could teach the actors to march in time, and happily agreed.

His no–nonsense style led to a few quivering lips, but also to being included in the film’s marching scenes.

Stuart said: “I enjoyed the day on set in Bridlington. It’s all about interacting with the public.

“I sent Michael Gambon off to clean his boots as they weren’t up to my standards. The producers then asked if I would be in the film too.”

Stuart Adams, the Drill Sergeant from Dad's Army.

Stuart Adams, the Drill Sergeant from Dad's Army.

Fans of the show will be able to meet Stuart during his appearance at Crich Tramway Village’s World War II event, which will take place from Saturday March 26 to Monday March 28.

Stuart, who has been attending the World War II/1940s events at the Derbyshire attraction since 2006, will be putting children through their paces during a boot camp.

Crich Tramway Village.

Crich Tramway Village.

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