A former mayor of Whitchurch, Roy Dykes, who recently won his campaign to have the government create and award an Arctic Star medal to World War II veterans, has been nominated for an award.
Roy is one of 3 who were nominated in the ‘Unsung Hero’ category of the annual ‘Place to be Proud Of’ awards. The winner of the category will be determined by a public vote.
Dave Holby-Wolinski nominated Roy by saying, “He is a truly inspirational gentleman for his amazing efforts to see his fellow servicemen recognised for their unsung heroics during this dangerous and vital campaign, I so hope he will be considered for this fantastic award”.
The judges stated:
“We are very moved by the efforts that Roy has undertaken to get many unsung heroes recognised for their part in World War II, working through his personal battle on this front for 16 years. None of us should ever forget the sacrifices made in the war and indeed Roy’s actions have ensured we will not now forget the Arctic Convoy missions.”
Philip Howie left this comment after visiting the website to vote: “Roy is truly a hero. Not only has he campaigned tirelessly against Ministry of Defence obstruction for this worthy and deserved recognition for the heroes of the Arctic convoys, but during his wartime service he was directly involved in the sinking of a U-boat whilst his ship was protecting our merchant ships during the Battle of the Atlantic. If you are reading this and haven’t made up your mind who to vote for I urge you to vote for Roy.”
The other two nominees are: Basingstoke Street Pastors and Charlie Thorn. The winner will be announced on 5th June 2013.
The awards are organised by Destination Basingstoke whose partners include Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council. This website supported Roy and his campaign – you can read about that HERE.