by New Worker correspondent
VETERANS, diplomats, local dignitaries and communists assembled last Sunday at the Soviet war Memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, next to the Imperial War Museum, in Southwark to pay their respects to the Soviet soldiers, sailors air force and civilians who died fighting Nazi fascism in the Second World War.
There were brief speeches from Philip Wilkinson of the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund, the Mayor of Southwark Councillor Sunil Chopra and the Russian ambassador to Britain Alexander Yakovenko.
As usual the veterans of the Arctic Convoy Club were there in force.
Wreaths were laid by ambassadors and military attachés from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Veterans’ organisations and then other organisations, including the New Communist Party also laid wreaths.
The ceremony ended with the exhortation spoken by Russian Convoy Club veteran Stanley Ballard; there was two minutes silence and then reveille.