by New Worker correspondent
New Communist Party (NCP) leader Andy Brooks joined veterans, diplomats and local dignitaries at the Soviet Wr Memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park in Southwark on Sunday 8th November to honour the Soviet soldiers, sailors, air force and civilians who fell fighting the Nazis in the Second World War.
There were brief speeches from Philip Wilkinson of the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund, the Mayor of Southwark, local Labour MP Neil Coyle and Alexander Kramarenko from the Russian embassy.
|Andy Brooks with the NCP's tribute|
Wreaths were laid by diplomats from the Russian and Belarus embassies, as well as veterans’ organisations, the NCP and representatives from the Russian community in London. As usual the veterans of the Arctic Convoy Club were there in force.
The ceremony ended with the exhortation spoken by Russian Convoy Club veteran Stanley Ballard, followed by two minutes silence and the reveille.