A NEW event championing the cultural heritage of Essex thrilled nearly a thousand visitors over the weekend.

A Time for Essex took place on Sunday, July 25 at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.

The event took off at the popular museum with Living History displays, an historic air show and interactive talks.

And it defied the weekend weather forecast as history and aviation fans from near and far were able to enjoy the event on a sunny summer's day.

They also maintained levels of Covid security throughout the day operating a policy of social distancing.

Formations of aircraft wowed the spectators and a highlight of the display was a simulated dogfight between two Great War fighter aircraft – the British BE2e and the German Albatross.

CEO Ian Flint said: “Our volunteer-led site is so happy to welcome all the visitors from across Essex and further afield.

"We have had excellent feedback and we are overjoyed with the number of new supporters that joined us.

"We are very proud of the rich history of our County, and the success of this event proves that there is an appetite for heritage and culture across Essex.”

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is open to the public from 10am to 4pm, Friday to Sunday.

Pre-arranged group visits, including coach trips can be made by appointment.

For tickets and more information visit www.stowmaries.org.uk