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Martlesham Heath Aviation Society pull out all the stops marking 100 years since airfield opened

PUBLISHED: 20:39 09 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 July 2017

Martyn Hillyard and Neil and Martine Goddard who were displaying world war two vehicles at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration .
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Martyn Hillyard and Neil and Martine Goddard who were displaying world war two vehicles at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration . Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

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A Red Devils parachute performance, vintage dancing and live music are just some of the activities taking place this weekend to mark 100 years since Martlesham Heath airfield opened.

Peter Whittle, with his wife Sophie and 9 year old daughter Emma, back to visit family in Suffolk from their home in Taiwan, enjoyed the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration .
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www.stephenwaller.com Peter Whittle, with his wife Sophie and 9 year old daughter Emma, back to visit family in Suffolk from their home in Taiwan, enjoyed the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration . Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the Martlesham Heath 100 Years Celebration being hosted at the village green over the two days.

A member of the Red Devils Parachute Team drops into the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration. 
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www.stephenwaller.com A member of the Red Devils Parachute Team drops into the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

Spitfires and Hurricanes are on site alongside photo displays of the airfield’s history and a military and vintage vehicle exhibition.

Great vantage point: A family home overlooking the Martlesham Heath airfield 100 years celebration.
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www.stephenwaller.com Great vantage point: A family home overlooking the Martlesham Heath airfield 100 years celebration. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

The airfield was established back in 1917 when the Royal Flying Corps arrived in the village.

98 year old Martha Gayford (left) and 90 year old May Schrio, the sisters of pilot Peter Provenzano, of 71 squadron pictured at the commemorative stone unveiled during the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017.
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   www.stephenwaller.com 98 year old Martha Gayford (left) and 90 year old May Schrio, the sisters of pilot Peter Provenzano, of 71 squadron pictured at the commemorative stone unveiled during the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

Now the MH100 organising committee, which has been supported by the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society, have said they are pulling out all the stops to make the two-day anniversary event a weekend to remember.

The family of pilot Peter Provenzano spend a moment at the commemorative stone at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, held at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017.
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   www.stephenwaller.com The family of pilot Peter Provenzano spend a moment at the commemorative stone at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, held at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

The MHAS secretary Howard King said: “It has been very successful. It is absolutely packed and of course the sunny weather has helped.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, speaking at the unveiling of a commemorative stone at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, held at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017.
Picture: STEVE WALLER   www.stephenwaller.com HM Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, speaking at the unveiling of a commemorative stone at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, held at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

He added: “It’s great to see everyone getting together.”

Colonel Donn Yates, of the USA Air Force, speaking at the unveiling of a commemorative stone at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, held at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017.
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   www.stephenwaller.com Colonel Donn Yates, of the USA Air Force, speaking at the unveiling of a commemorative stone at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, held at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

Community stalls and raffles are also being hosted during the event, which kicked off at 10am yesterday and lasts until 5pm today.

Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017.
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www.stephenwaller.com Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

RAF Martlesham Heath was a frontline operational airbase during the Second World War.

Brentwood Imperial Youth Band performing at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, held at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017.
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www.stephenwaller.com Brentwood Imperial Youth Band performing at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, held at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

It played a key role during the conflict and was the home of the USAAF 356th Fighter Group from 1943.

Members of The Worcesters group at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, held at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017.
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www.stephenwaller.com Members of The Worcesters group at the Martlesham Heath 100 years celebration event, held at The Village Green, Martlesham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 09-July-2017. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

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