Redcar MP welcomes Arctic medal announcement

MP Ian Swales with John Ramsey from Redcar who was a gunner on HMS Rodney Credit: ITV News

Redcar MP Ian Swales has welcomed the announcement that veterans who worked on the Arctic convoys during the Second World War will soon receive medals to celebrate their efforts.

The Arctic Convoys are best known for keeping open important supply routes which helped the Red Army to push back against Hitler, as well as supplying vital fuel, munitions and food during the war.

Ian Swales MP said:

‘’I am delighted that this Government has recognised the incredible efforts of our Arctic Convoy war veterans, many of whom died whilst doing this vital work.

"Veterans and widows will have priority to apply and be awarded with this well deserved medal, and next of kin will also be able to apply for a medal to commemorate the work that their loved ones did for their country.

‘’I have a few constituents who will be in line to receive one of these medals, and I am sure they will be glad to have this recognition. One of my constituents, John Ramsey, who was only a young man when he joined the Arctic Convoys, will be very pleased with his medal when he receives it.’’