Arctic veterans will be presented their medals in Portsmouth

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ARCTIC Convoy veterans will be presented with medals at a ceremony on Thursday.

Portsmouth will mark Armed Forces Day with a parade by servicemen and women and a ceremony in Guildhall Square.

At the ceremony, 25 Arctic veterans will be presented with the Arctic Star by Rear-Admiral John Lang, the deputy lieutenant of Hampshire, and Second Sea Lord Vice-Admiral Sir David Steel.

The ceremony begins in Guildhall Square at 10.20am with a parade by members of the armed forces.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘It is fitting on a day where we remember the vital role our armed forces make to our security and wellbeing, we present the Arctic Star medal to veterans of the Arctic Convoys who have waited so long for this recognition.

‘Many of the veterans received their medals in the post from the government, however we felt they deserved a special presentation.

‘Serving personnel and veterans will all be gathering for this special ceremony and parade.’

The Armed Forces Day flag will be raised as part of the ceremony.