The government's plans to award veterans of the Arctic convoys campaign medals comes after years of campaigning. Servicemen past and present as well as local politicians had been locked in a battle to get those who served on the convoys recognition for their bravery during the second world war.
Living veterans and widows will be the first in line to receive the new medals. Production of the accolades is due to get underway soon.
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