BE2 in flight


Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome celebrates centenary  

  • Stow Maries centenary celebrations

  • The memorial

  • BE2


Hundreds of people revelled in the sun-soaked Essex countryside at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome on 17 and 18 September as the treasured heritage site celebrated its 100th Anniversary.

Attracting aircraft from as far away as Wales, the skies were filled with the sound of nostalgia as the golden age of aviation was recreated for the last flying event of the season. The aircraft included the BE2, which had just returned safely from France after taking part in the commemorations over the Somme and for ANZAC day.

Ian Flint, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome CEO, said: “It was great to see so many new faces here, alongside our long term supporters.

“We love putting on these events, and this one was so special we’re glad that it was such an amazing success. It’s been a very hard working year for the team of trustees, volunteers and staff, and to see  the event season close on a such high is great reward.”

Other flying displays across the weekend included the Stampe Trio, The Tiger Club Turbulent Team and highly prized Sopwith Snipe.

There was also a lot to do on the ground with Great War historical interpreters, storytellers, birds of prey, horses, local market traders selling all manner of goodies - and even an appearance from bawdy music hall singer Marie Lloyd.

To see more images from the day please visit our gallery.

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