Supporters of a campaign backed by The News, Portsmouth, to honour forgotten heroes who served on the Arctic convoys in the Second World War have taken their fight to the Prime Minister.
A 44,000-name petition organised by The News was handed in at 10 Downing Street after a march through Westminster by more than 500 supporters – including more than 200 of the men who served on the Russian convoys.
The paper’s Last Chance for Justice campaign aims to persuade the Government to honour the men with an Arctic Star medal. They braved terrible conditions to supply Britain’s Russian allies.
The petition was presented by a delegation of three veterans, three MPs and from The News, editor Mike Gilson, deputy editor Mark Acheson and political editor David Maddox.
Gilson described Saturday’s march as a turning point in the campaign.
“The Government simply cannot take no notice of all these people and the thousands of others who have signed this petition,” he said.