Monthly Archives: August 2015
Mike Laycock, Chief reporter / Saturday 22 August 2015 / News
AN ARCTIC convoy veteran from Tadcaster has been presented with a special medal – courtesy of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
More than 70 years after Jim Robson took part in Allied efforts to deliver supplies to Russia as it fought the Germans in the east during the Second World War, the Russian Embassy has sent him the Ushakov medal.
An accompanying letter to the 92-year-old states: “On the instructions of President Vladimir Putin, I have the honour of presenting to you Commemorative medal marking the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.”
It said thousands of Allied seamen lost their lives as British ships sailed in the ‘unwelcoming, stormy waters of the Arctic Ocean under a constant threat of being attacked by German U-boats and aircraft’.
It went on to say: “Your heroism will always be remembered in Russia and Britain. Your deeds will continue to serve as the supreme expression of bravery and a high point in human spirit.
“I am confident that it was not by accident that our nations found themselves on the right side of history, which the followers of the ideology wanted to stop, while depriving nations of their inalienable right to decide their destiny.”
The Press reported in 2012 how a York convoy veteran, Bill Sunderland, was disgusted after the British Government blocked Russian plans to present him with the Ushakov medal, saying it breached the rules on the acceptance of foreign awards.
Mr Sunderland went on to be presented with a new British medal, the Arctic Convoy Star, in 2013 just months before he died.
Mr Robson said he had received a letter from the Russian Embassy in 2013, saying that just before the visit of Putin to Britain, it had been agreed that the British Government would give permission for the Ushakov medal to be presented, and a list of prospective recipients was being drawn up, which would be forwarded to Moscow for a special decree to be signed by Putin to confer the honour.
Mr Robson said he filled in a form and sent it back, and then forgot all about it.
“It was so long ago,” he said. “It turned up in the post last week without any warning.”
He said he had joined the Royal Navy in 1942 and had always hoped he would not be sent on the convoys. He said he went on one trip to Russia, which by good fortune happened to be in July, and so he avoided the savagely cold weather which left ships covered in ice during winter convoys.
Tadcaster Swimming Pool Annual Duck Race
Saturday 26th September 2015. 12 noon – 4pm.
On the Tadcaster riverbank
This annual event is a major fundraiser for the Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust.
It is now entering its 8th year and forms a focal part of life in the community.
Many local community groups participate by having a stall and raising funds for their own cause.
Please contact Fiona Garnett, at the pool if you would like a stall for your own local charity
3000 numbered tickets are sold at a cost of £1 for anyone to participate. Each ticket relates to a numbered plastic duck which is then launched from the viaduct into the River Wharfe.
These tickets are now on sale at the swimming pool.
The money raised will go towards buying new Resuscitation equipment for staff training sessions
As part of the Tadcaster Pool Annual Duck Race, the Trust would now like to invite local businesses to participate in this community event by sponsoring a larger corporate coloured duck at a cost of £20.
A list of sponsors will be published prior to and at the event
These larger ducks will be launched into the river at the same time as the main event with the profile of all businesses raised through advertising on the event site.
As an incentive for businesses to participate, we will be offering 1 year’s free advertising for the winner on our television screens at the pool.
If you would like to purchase a corporate duck or would like to run a stall for your charity please e mail me
firstname.lastname@example.org or tel no 01937 833001
Fiona B Garnett
Assistant Manager/Swimming Development Manager