Wiltshire's Arctic Convoy heroes to be honoured
1:01pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Latest News
Veterans of both the Arctic Convoys and of Bomber Command will be presented with their medals in a special ceremony at County Hall, Trowbridge on Friday.
Described by Winston Churchill as “the worst journey in the world”, the Arctic Convoy ships of the Royal and Merchant Navies made repeated perilous journeys in sub-zero temperatures to ensure vital food and arms supplies reached Russian shores.
Many lost their lives and the efforts of all those who took part are widely recognised as helping Russia’s war effort and significantly shortening the Second World War, but it has taken over 70 years for their heroic efforts to receive proper recognition.
Friday's event will celebrate their heroism and a total of 25 veterans from Wiltshire will be presented their medal by their local MPs, of whom Duncan Hames (Chippenham), Andrew Murrison (south west Wiltshire), Claire Perry (Devizes), John Glen (Salisbury), Robert Buckland (South Swindon) and Justin Tomlinson (Swindon Niorth) will be attending Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott, Christine Crisp, chairman of the council, and the Mayor of Swindon, Councillor Nick Martin, will be speaking at the event, and a video booth will be set up to capture real life experiences from the veterans.
Trowbridge White Ensign Association, (Wiltshire's oldest ex Royal Navy and Royal Marine Old Comrades Association, will also perform a 'Splice the Mainbrace' issue of rum to all hands and then issue a tot of Pussers Rum to veterans.
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