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Russian Convoys - 70th Memorial Event

.:: HRH Prince Michael of Kent addresses veterans and guests during the service ::.
Photo: HRH Prince Michael of Kent addresses veterans and guests during the service
Date: 21 August 2011
Location: Cove, Wester Ross, Scotland
Photographer: supplied

The community around Loch Ewe commemorated the 70th anniversary of the first of many WW11 Arctic Convoys to sail for Russia. HRH Prince Michael of Kent joined over fifteen Veterans at the Memorial Service held at the Sasan, Cove, together with over three hundred family, friends, VIPs, local residents and schoolchildren. Against strong winds and rain, local clergy and veterans led the service, supported by a lone bugler and piper – giving the event both poignancy and a tremendous warmth. The Anglian Sovereign Coast Guard tug provided a backdrop spraying their water cannons and the Coast Guard helicopter did a flypast at the end of the service. The local 832 Squadron of the ATC ensured that the large number of visitors and vehicles was well coordinated, and all returned to Poolewe Village Hall for much welcomed refreshments, served by St Maelrubhas volunteers. There, Prince Michael met and chatted to local schoolchildren, local residents, council representatives, and many representatives of Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and British Legion associations. Chairman of the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum Project group, Francis Russell of Mellon Charles is delighted with the outcome stating that its success was due to the superb teamwork provided by the community and the support of the Lord Lieutenant. The Museum fundraising appeal has been given a tremendous boost by this important event, especially with such strong media coverage on UK and Russian television. The Museum is planned to be built in Aultbea alongside the new village hall when funds are raised, hopefully within a three year timeframe. Donations can be made online via For more information go to

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