Honouring the ‘heroes next door’

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Men who endured some of the most atrocious conditions during the Second World War have been honoured at a Russian medal ceremony in Hastings.

Hastings Borough Council hosted the ceremony, held in Stade Hall, which commemorated the merchant seamen who sailed on the arctic convoys.

Russian Convoy Medal Ceremony, Stade Hall, Hastings.'Pic by Frank Copper SUS-150525-063816001

Russian Convoy Medal Ceremony, Stade Hall, Hastings.'Pic by Frank Copper SUS-150525-063816001

More than 30 veterans from across Sussex and West Kent attended the special event, accompanied by their families.

The Russian delegation was led by Counsellor Sergey Nalobin, Head of the Bilateral Relations section of the Russian Embassy, accompanied by other attaches and Commander Igor Elkin, representing the Russian military.

Hastings Mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling and Deputy Mayor Cllr Judy Rogers were also present on the day.

Speaking about the veterans, Counsellor Sergey Nalobin told those gathered: “We should remember we have these heroes next door to us.”