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An aerodrome in Essex is set to receive £4.3 million of lottery funding for restoration.
Stow Maries, near Maldon, played a key role in defending Britain during the First World War.
Nearly a century later the buildings and airfield could become a major visitor attraction
Once home to the Royal Flying Corps 37 Squadron, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome near Maldon played a key role in defending Britain from German Zeppelins in 1916.
The Trust running the site has now been awarded a grant from the National Lottery worth £4.3 million.
The money will go towards building a new Visitor Centre and restoring three historic buildings which have fallen into disrepair.
Work will start on restoring another section of this aerodrome in 18 months time.
It will be providing not only a portal to the past but ensuring the sacrifice of those who passed through here is remembered well into the future.