Community joins in remembrance at historic aerodrome
Hundreds of people braved the crisp air to attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome near Maldon on 13 November.
Representatives from all branches of the air, sea and land services were joined by civil dignitaries including the Mayors and Council Leaders of Maldon, Maldon District and South Woodham Ferrers, Cllr Miriam Lewis, Leader Maldon DC, Cllr Penny Channer, MDC & ECC, and Cllr Ron Pratt, MDC and Mayor of Burnham. Wreaths were also laid by local Scouts, Purleigh Junior School and a party of Stow Maries volunteers.
A flight of vintage Stampe aircraft, led by nationally renowned display pilot Chris Jesson, dropped thousands of poppies as they flew overhead.
After a touching service, the last post and Reveille, the parade and its hosts repaired to the Airmans Mess for Trench Stew and Tea to warm up.
Trustee George Kieffer, laying a wreath for Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust, was very happy with the day. He said: "It's great to see such a turnout on this most important day. The act of remembrance is a key part of our work here, and we're so glad that our community supports us so strongly.”
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