A HUGE display of military vehicles and classic cars from across the county brought hundreds of militia-fans together this weekend.

The Essex Historic Military Vehicle Association staged its annual Winter Gathering – dubbed the “Bum Freezer” – again at Maldon’s Promenade Park on Sunday.

A spokesman said: “Thanks to everyone who came along, to our volunteers who gave up their time to make it happen and thanks to Maldon District Council and the lovely people of Maldon for the warm welcome.”

Formed by historic military vehicle enthusiasts, the group now has more than 120 members and aims to help preserve military history, vehicles and artefacts.

Members from Maldon’s own Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club volunteered to help marshal the event.

A spokesman said: “Attention is paid to ensuring the authenticity of vehicles, equipment and displays to ensure that all our events are of educational value for members of the public and to ensure that the younger generations are aware of our heritage.”

Organisers say more than 1,000 enthusiasts turned out to see the display.

Some of the military vehicles have appeared in films, TV series and documentaries including The Monuments Men, Fury and Danger UXB.

Essex Historic Military Vehicle Association chairman Colin Tebb said: “It was a great turn out from vehicle owners and public.”

To find out more, visit essexhmva.co.uk.