37 Veterans receive medals at Loch Ewe

37 Veterans receive medals at Loch Ewe

- 10/05/2013

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, attended the Service of Remembrance and the awarding of the Arctic Star to 37 veterans of the Russian Convoys on Thursday 9 June.

After some very mixed weather indeed the day was blessed with sunshine.

After a group photograph with the Lord Lieutenant the veterans proceed by bus to Cove, where the memorial to those lost in the convoys is situated,

The Lord Lieutenant was accompanied during the day by the Mark Francois MP Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterabs, Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans and Admiral Hockley, Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The service of remembrance was conducted by Bishop Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness.

After the laying of the wreaths a fly past of two tornado aircraft was given by the RAF. The coast guard helicopter and also gave a fly past and 'made a bow' to the veterans.

After the service the veterans were taken to Poolewe Village Hall, speeches were made by the Chairman of the Russian Arctic Convoys Museum project, the Lord Lieutenant (who read out a message of support from Her Majesty the Queen) and both Ministers, and medals presented by Mrs Bowen, Admiral Hockley and both Ministers.

The days events were embedded within WWII week at Aultbea (and area), a series of events working towards the establishment of a Museum to record the feats and endurance of the Veterans as they resupplied Russia at a critical point in the war.

The last eight photographs in the gallery have been made available though the kindness of Stuart Brighton.

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