The whole of Wester Ross is gearing up for a touch of nostalgia next week at their WWII and the Arctic Convoys Week (7-12 May) – and are delighted to have Royal support from HRH Prince Michael of Kent who has written the Foreword to their Programme of Events.
Throughout the Week there will be eight fascinating exhibitions across the area, with different stories to tell about the war and the Arctic Convoys.
The events scheduled range from the appearance of a world famous Enigma machine and talk from top code breaker expert, Dr Mark Baldwin, to the Film Night with rare wartime footage, and a WWII Reunion Party.
The schoolchildren in the area are in for a memorable treat when Enigma visits the local schools – coming together for a special ‘Hands On’ event organised by the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum Project group and the Head teachers.
The local – and award-winning – Two Lochs Radio is running some special programmes during the week, including interviews with veterans who sailed on the convoy ships or on their naval escorts; and interviews with local people, remembering life in this area during the war, There will also be an interview with the American veteran, Russell M Ross, one of the few survivors of the sinking of the Liberty Ship the William H Welch.
The local community are planning some nostalgic baking for the events – following the wartime theme. Seen here above, gearing up for WWII Week is Julie Brady from ‘Sweet’ in Gairloch, whose team will be baking these very special fairy cakes next week. Special commemorative mugs have been made and will make their appearance on sale alongside wartime sweets as well as newly published books about the area during WWII.
Further information is on the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum website – about the ‘WWII Week’, the full programme of events and how to obtain tickets – or telephone 01445 731093.
Here is the full programme for the week: RACM Week of Events low res
It carries the foreword by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, who attended the 70th anniversary Memorial Service in August 2011, held at Loch Ewe to commemorate the first convoy to leave there for Russia – ‘Operation Dervish’ which took Hurricanes and RAF pilots to Murmansk.