A GROUP of volunteers have been presented with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS).

The "fabulous" team that have been an integral part of the running of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome all gathered at the airfield where they finally presented with the award from Essex County Council.

The team of 150 volunteers received the news in June they were set to clinch the award.

They were one of just nine Essex groups out of 281 charities across the country to receive the award.

The event was hosted by the chair of trustees, Peter Martin and a pair of volunteers, Ian Richmond and Jacqueline Flower accepted their award from Lord Lietenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst.

Stow Maries chief executive, Ian Flint, said: “Receiving this honour is a high point in the story of Stow Maries.

"The team here are truly recognised, on a national level, as being successful, innovative and dedicated.

"We are hugely proud.

"Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is a vital part of the story of Maldon, Essex and Great Britain – and this award illustrates that.”