One of Essex’s biggest Armed Forces Day events takes place at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon, with free entry to the public to mark the occasion.
The event, which celebrates the contribution of the UK’s Armed Forces to protecting our way of life, has been organised in conjunction with Maldon District Council and takes place on Saturday 24 June.
The event runs from 10am to 4pm, with a flag-raising ceremony, including a parade by cadets, veterans, and local civic groups, at 1pm. The Aerodrome’s resident Padre, Mary Cottee, will host the service and a contingent from Colchester Garrison will take part.
Local cadet contingents will compete for the Ridley Trophy, named after Captain Claude Ridley who led the Stow Maries-based 37 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, aged just 19, when the Aerodrome opened in 1916.
As well as demonstrating support for the armed services, the event also offers a free family day out, the Aerodrome’s two interactive museums, BBQ, Bar, The Airmen’s Mess Cafe, and a range of exhibitors. The unique experience of getting up close to Stow Maries’ resident WW1 aircraft on a flight line walk is also on offer, costing £5. Flight line walks are available from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is open to the public every day except Tuesdays from 10am to 5pm. Pre-arranged group visits, including coach trips, are welcome on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For more information about Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome please visit www.stowmaries.org.uk.