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Celebrate Essex’s Largest Armed Forces Weekend

Published on Monday, 17th June 2019

Celebrate Essex’s Largest Armed Forces Weekend at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome & Promenade Park, Maldon

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Essex Historic Military Vehicle Association and Maldon District Council have joined forces to create an Armed Forces Weekend for Essex.

This year two events will be held in the Maldon District to celebrate the contribution of the UK’s Armed Forces past and present.

Saturday 29th June 2018 at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon, Essex.

Sunday 30th June at Promenade Park, Maldon, Essex

On Saturday 29th June at Stow Maries from 11am to 3pm. The highlight of the day will be a parade and march-past by cadets, veterans, and local civic groups, at 1pm, ending in the lowering and raising of the Armed Forces flag. Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, Mr Nicholas Alston CBE MA DL, will take the salute as the Queen's Representative, with Maldon District Council’s Chairman, Cllr Bob Boyce, MBE.

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. Flight line walks will be available from 11.30 am to 12.30pm & from 2pm till 3pm. The Bar, BBQ and Mess will also be in full swing.

Chief Executive of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Ian Flint, said: “As signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant, as well as a Heritage site dedicated to early military aviation, we have strong links to the Armed Forces. Our volunteer cadre contains many ex-service personnel and we are very proud to be part of these celebrations. We all look forward to this opportunity to thank the Armed Forces for their invaluable and ongoing commitment”.

FREE tickets can be obtained in advance at: You must present your ticket to gain entry to the event.

On Sunday 30th June the Essex Historical Military Vehicle Association (HMVA), in conjunction with Maldon District Council would like to invite you to the first Maldon Armed Forces Day held at Promenade Park.

From 10am to 4pm this event features displays from members of the Essex HMVA including restored vehicles, military equipment collections, as well as from Service charities and Cadets, it will also include a performance from the Blind Veterans UK Choir.

This event is free for the public to enter and we hope to have a diverse attendance of several thousand people, keen in joining with us to celebrate the varied role that the Armed Forces has performed throughout history and continues to perform during the present day.

Russell Pacy, Essex HMVA said “Maldon itself has a long association with military history. During the second world war soldiers were stationed in the area in order to protect this part of the coast from invasion. Some of the local boats were also used as part of Operation Dynamo, which evacuated the BEF from the beaches of Dunkirk. Local tugs were used to assist in setting up the Mulberry Harbours for the D-Day landings in Normandy.”

Cllr Bob Boyce, MBE, Chairman of Maldon District Council, said; “The Maldon District is very proud of the Countries Armed Forces and to recognise their dedication and commitment. We are pleased to be working along side these two great organisations both dedicated to the preservation of our military history. I hope people will join us for both events in the Maldon District’s first Armed Forces Weekend.”