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Stow Maries announces weekend of events to mark RAF centenary

Photo: Jonathon Whaley flying Sopwith Camel reproduction N6377 at Stow Maries. COURTESY STOW MARIES

 

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Maldon, Essex is set to host a one-day conference on March 31, followed by a special open day on April 1, to celebrate 100 years of the RAF.

The Saturday will be hosted by Air Cdre Barry Dickens, one of the attraction’s trustees, and will include two talks – the first on the Royal Flying Corps and the Battle of the Somme from IWM historian Peter Hart, and the second on the evolution of the RAF by author and FlyPast contributor Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork.

On the Sunday a parade will take place culminating in a symbolic lowering of the RFC ensign and the raising of its RAF equivalent. Costumed re-enactors and the RAF Honington band will also be entertaining the public on the day. Tickets for the conference, which includes lunch and a guided tour, cost £40 – to book a place please e-mail events@stowmaries.org.uk

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