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 previous day Thursday 28 May, a Declaration of Intention to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding between British and Russian Psychological Societies was signed by their Presidents: Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes and Professor Yuri Zinchenko. The signing ceremony took place in the eighteenth century Peter’s Hall of the St. Petersburg State University at exactly 17:00 in the presence of the British Consul General Keith Allan and a group of the University’s professors.
The ceremony was followed by a lecture on the British History of Military Psychology delivered by Professor Hacker Hughes to the University’s professorial and teaching staff.
10 British veterans (5 from from England and 5 from Scotland) traveled to Saint-Petersburg on May the 7th to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Second World War together with their Russian brothers-in-arms veterans of the Arctic Convoys. The trip organiser Eugene Kasevin remarked on his "joy at the thought that seven of the British veterans who travelled have not seen Russia since the Arctic Convoys took place over 70 years ago."