Arctic convoy veterans presented with medals at ceremony

From left, Staff Sergeant Albie Annan and Corporal Luke Reynolds (170953-1)

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Arctic convoy veterans were presented their medals to the sound of applause from the crowds today.

Portsmouth City Council arranged for 25 veterans to be presented with their medals by Rear-Admiral John Lang, the deputy lieutenant of Hampshire and Second Sea Lord Vice-Admiral David Steel.

Arctic Star presentations were held during the Armed Forces Day parade at Portsmouth Picture: Ian Hargreaves.

Arctic Star presentations were held during the Armed Forces Day parade at Portsmouth Picture: Ian Hargreaves.

Many of the veterans had received their medals in the post.

Howard Turtle, 90, from the Isle of Wight was one of those who received his medal at the ceremony at the Armed Forces Day parade in Portsmouth Guildhall Square today.

He said: ‘It was a wonderful occasion.

‘It’s good to be recognised.’

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘It’s really important to give medals to the Arctic Convoy veterans.

‘I don’t think it’s acceptable to send veterans their medals in the post, so I thought it was important we organised a proper medal presentation ceremony so many of our veterans can get their medals properly presented by an admiral.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt is now urging any other veterans who have received their medals in the post to contact her, Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock, or Portsmouth City Council, for another medal presentation to be arranged.

She said: ‘It’s always a very emotional moment for me to see the Arctic Stars being presented because I know how much it means to the guys who are getting them.

‘I think we have done Portsmouth proud today.

‘It’s good to do something for the armed forces when they do so much for us.

‘They put on an amazing parade for us.

‘We just have to remember on the other days of the year all that our armed forces do for us.

‘It was also good to see all three of the services represented here.

‘I’m sure it will become an annual event.’