Medals for arctic convoys

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Veterans Minister Keith Brown visited Loch Ewe yesterday to attend a memorial service for the arctic convoys who served during world war II.

He also attended a medal ceremony where the convoys were awarded with the arctic star medal by the UK Government.

Speaking at the event, Veterans Minister Keith Brown said: “It was a real privilege to be invited to this event to celebrate the bravery of those men who participated in the convoys during World War II.

“This group made an immeasurable contribution to the Allied forces’ efforts, facing the enemy in some of the toughest conditions anywhere on the planet. Their bravery meant vital supply routes were never cut off.

“Along with many others, I consistently made a case to the UK Government to ensure that this group were not forgotten or lost in history. I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the campaign’s driving forces - Jock Dempster - last weekend.

“I am sure he would agree that it is a true cause for celebration to see this group receive the medals that they deserve - the decision by the UK Government to award these medals is a victory for all those who made that case.

“It is a pity though, that many of these remarkable men are no longer with us and will not see the day when their service is at long last recognised.

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the Russian Arctic Convoy museum project, and has shown its support by donating £5,000 to the museum fund. The local communities around Loch Ewe deserve tremendous praise for their tireless work and for their wholehearted support for this project.

“Today marks a long awaited moment to pay fitting tribute to this group, their fallen comrades and those men who have died in many years since the conflict ended. It is a victory for these brave men who sacrificed so much on our behalf.”