After 16 years of campaigning, former Whitchurch mayor Roy Dykes is to be presented with the Arctic Medal at No.10 Downing Street, London tomorrow. A reception on HMS Belfast follows at 12:15pm.
Roy was one of the many veterans who during World War II braved the frigid waters of the Arctic to bring supplies to Russia. A campaign page was setup on this website — see HERE.
Roy told this website this morning that he is looking forward to the presentation and also hopes that the Russian Ambassador has been invited. This website contacted the Embassy but has not yet had confirmation of anyone from there attending.
There will be about 40 people, Roy says, attending the presentation — A small number of the many veterans of the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy and Bomber Command during the period.
Unfortunately Commander Eddie Grenfell from Portsmouth, who also lead the campaign, is too ill to travel to London. It is understood that arrangements have been made for General Richards, a senior naval officer, to travel to Portsmouth to present him personally with his Arctic Medal tomorrow.
Presently, the area’s MP, Sir George Young, is not expecting to be at the presentation. It is unclear whether he will be at the later reception.
Roy hoped our MP would attend: “I’d like to see him to thank him”, he said.