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12 November 2014

It was a great honour and privilege to host the Ushakov Medal Ceremony at County Hall last Monday.

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The Russian Embassy had been instructed to ensure that the Ushakov Medal be presented to the remaining survivors of the Arctic Convoys.

These convoys were described by Winston Churchill as “The worst journey in the world”.  More than a hundred ships were lost and the odds of survivors being rescued from those perilous seas was very remote.

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said “The passing of the years does not diminish the significance of the contribution made by these determined veterans”.

On behalf of President Putin, the Minister-Counselor of the
Russian Embassy Mr Alexander Kramarenko presented the veterans with their medal which was watched by their proud family and friends plus senior Military and Council Officers.

On a personal note it was a very humbling experience to be in the company of such distinguished veterans who had endured so much.  I am pleased that they all enjoyed the occasion and had at last received the recognition they truly deserved.

If you have a moment in your busy schedule, do take a time to read about the Arctic Convoys.  Winston Churchill’s comment was almost an understatement because nothing can describe just what those people went through.

You may contact me by e-mail:  johnwood@cornwall.gov.uk

Last evening the renowned wildlife artist Mr Dick Twinney joined me at County Hall to present prizes to the winner and runners up in my 2014 Christmas Card Competition.

Mr Dave Taylor a Design Team Leader, here at the council, explained to the children, their parents and teachers just how he transformed the original painting into a Christmas Card.

Mr Twinney then presented the children with a personally signed edition of his latest book, along with family tickets to an Art Gallery which had been kindly donated by the curator of the Tate in St Ives. Councillor Wallis (Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People) joined the presentation and enjoyed talking with the children. It was a lovely way to celebrate with and thank Lillie Heron for her original design.

I am confident that it is a Christmas greetings card that will be well received!

You may contact me by e-mail:  johnwood@cornwall.gov.uk

Chairman

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