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Veterans present medal to Russia

The Arctic Star medal will be presented to Russia's Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

A group of surviving British veterans of the Arctic Convoys, all members of the Russian Convoys Club, launched in 1985 in the Royal British Legion, Kennington, Southwark, are to present the Arctic Star medal to Russia's Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow.

It is 89-year-old James Pitts from London, who defended convoys JW66 and RA66 whose medal will be presented.

The Arctic Star will begin its journey, ahead of the veterans, with the ceremony on board HMS Belfast today.

The Star will be taken by sea to St. Petersburg in Russia before the arrival of British veterans in Moscow on Thursday 28 November.