Arctic Convoy medal presentation at Manchester Town Hall

Finally, more than two years since Chorlton Good Neighbours started their campaign to support our member Bob Cowan to be able to get the Ushavov medal for Arctic Convoy veterans  from the Russian Government, the day finally came.  Below are some photos and video of the ceremony in Manchester Town Hall on 13 Oct 2014 when the Russian Ambassador to the UK gave the Ushakov medal to Bob Cowan and about 40 other surviving Arctic Convoy veterans from the region, all of whom are in their 80’s or 90’s

Here are some earlier reports about the campaign to get Bob his Arctic Convoy Medal:

Arctic Convoy veterans event at Chorlton Good Neighbours,  Feb 7th 2013

Granada reports interview 23/10/2012

Bob Cowan and the World War Two Arctic Convoys, 13 Jan 2013

Video of the event at Manchester Town Hall on 13th Oct 2014

Some photos of the event in Manchester Town Hall (13-10-14)

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Bob talking to another of the Arctic Convoy veterans at the presentation

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Bob with his son Neil and Paula Moorhouse from Chorlton Good Neighboursarctic convoy medal 03

John Mackay from Chorlton also received his medal at the event. John had been at the Chorlton Good Neighbours WW2 event in February 2013arctic convoy medal 04

Volunteer Paula Moorhouse who regularly visits Bob, talking to a  veteranarctic convoy medal 06

arctic convoy medal 05The Lord Mayor of Stockport greets Bobarctic convoy medal 07

A view of the audiencearctic convoy medal 09

The Russian Ambassador, Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko, gives his opening address (his official title is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Court of St.James’s arctic convoy medal 10

Bob receives the Ushakov medal from the Russian Ambassador arctic convoy medal 11

Bob shows off his medal (made of pure silver)

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Veterans and relatives gathered together for a family photoagrapharctic convoy medal 14 arctic convoy medal 15Bob being interviewd by Granada Reports for a feature on the event that came out that evening (13-10-14)