Armed Forces Day 2019

3rd March 2019 Russell Pacy

Please come along to the first Armed Forces day held in Maldon, Essex on the 30th of June 2019 at Promenade park and show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

Open between 10am and 4pm, entrance is free for everyone.

Maldon has a long link with military history. The Battle of Maldon (991AD) took place on the shores of the River Blackwater in Essex. There was a heroic stand by the Anglo-Saxons against the Viking invasion which ended in utter defeat for Brithnoth and his men. During WW1, many of the local men went away to war, some of those never to return, and are remembered in local war memorials. Fear of invasion became a topic for discussion in 1914. The Mayor of Maldon, Alderman Krohn, was reported as saying that ‘it was practically certain that if the enemy did effect a landing at all, it would be on the Essex coast. That view is general, and it goes without saying that the authorities are prepared’

During the first world war, the area of Maldon also had an airfield at Stow Maries and motor torpedo boats were operated from a secret navy base on Osea Island. The second world war led to soldiers stationed in the area in order to protect this part of the coast from invasion. Some of the local boats were also used as part of Operation Dynamo, which evacuated the BEF from the beaches of Dunkirk. Local tugs where used to assist with the setting up of the Mulberry Harbours for the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Maldon is also home to the Combined Services Museum. It will also play host at nearly Purleigh to the Essex HMVA Echoes of History show.

If you would like to come along and bring a vehicle or an exhibit, or would like more information, please click here to contact us