British delegation visited Arkhangelsk to unveil the new Arctic Convoys memorial on the day of 74th anniversary of the first convoy 'Dervish', which came to the Northern port of Russia on 31 August 1941.
The delegation also took part in the celebrations of the first day at schools on 1 September and the unveiling of the memorial to Admiral Nikolai Kuznetsov on the grounds of Arkhangelsk Sea Cadet Corps.
British delegation included: Chairman of The Russia Convoy Club (London & Home Counties) Ernest Davies, his wife June Davies, Hon. Secretary of the HMS Belfast Association Walter Filby and Head of the Victory Day London project Eugene Kasevin.
The Arctic Convoys memorial unveiling ceremony was attended by the following officials: the Mayor of Arkhangelsk Victor Pavlenko, the Governor of Arkhangelsk region Igor Orlov, the UK Ambassador Sir Tim Barrow, UK Consul General St. Petersburg Keith Allan, US Consul General St. Petersburg Thomas Leary.
The leader of British delegation Eugene Kasevin thanks the following organisations and individuals who made this trip possible: The Mayor of Arkhangelsk Office (Arkhangelsk), Committee of External Relations (St. Petersburg), HMS Belfast Association (London), Afganvet (St. Petersburg), GlavTourOperator (St. Petersburg), Silanar Engineering Systems (St. Petersburg), The Russia House Ltd. (London), Pavel Ozhgikhin, Thomas Blake, Svetlana Dmukh.