An urgent request has come from Seafarers UK to give them the names of any surviving Merchant Navy Arctic Convoy veterans who would benefit from full funding to attend our WWII Festival on May 6-7.
So far organisers have managed to find the maximum RN number (five) but have only two for the MN. Do you know of any MN veterans in the Outer Hebrides who would be able to attend this big LOCH EWE 75 event?
The event takes place in two neighbouring villages on the shores of Loch Ewe in Poolewe and Aultbea on May 6 and 7.
Between 1942 and 1945 Loch Ewe was an assembly point for the ships that departed for Russia on the perilous Arctic Convoys. There was an overwhelming military presence in this remote Highland region during the war, which outnumbered the local residents three to one. The wartime operations certainly left their mark on the landscape, as bunkers and gun emplacements are scattered around the Loch.