Wartime seaman Len Backhouse who braved appalling conditions on one of the most dangerous missions of the Second World War has been awarded a special medal 70 years later.
This week Len, 92, spoke of his pride at receiving the long-awaited Arctic Star.
The medal is being awarded to veterans of the perilous Arctic convoys following a long campaign for recognition.
Len, from Long Melford, is one of only around 200 surviving ex-sailors who served in the convoys ferrying supplies from the UK to Russia.
He was a cook aboard a warship escorting vulnerable merchant vessels on what Winston Churchill called “the worst journey in the world”.
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