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Farron welcomes medal announcement for Arctic convoy heroes

February 27, 2013 9:53 AM

Arctic StarSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has this morning welcomed the news that the Arctic Convoy Veterans of WW2 will begin receiving medals in recognition of their heroism and bravery within weeks.

Production of the new Arctic Star will start this week. Living veterans and widows will be the first in line to receive the new medals from as early as March.

The Prime Minister announced the new medals last December and after extensive consultation the final designs have now been agreed. The Arctic Star will be based on the World War II campaign stars featuring the head of King George VI. All those who served for any length of time north of the Arctic Circle in World War II will be eligible for the medal.

Tim said: "This is extremely welcome, if long overdue, news. Many brave men lost their lives in order to keep these vital supply routes open and it is only right that their bravery and sacrifice be recognised by the British government."