Ten former merchant seamen have been honoured for their bravery during the Arctic Convoy in World War II. The men, who are from across the North East, were awarded the Arctic Star in a civic ceremony in South Shields.
They carried supplies between Scotland and Russia in difficult conditions to stave off the German advance on the Eastern front - a journey considered crucial to the war effort.
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