Dudley MP Ian Austin has invited local veterans campaigner Phyllis Coyle to visit Parliament for a commemoration of the Arctic Convoys next week.
The commemoration – which takes place at 6:30pm on Monday 24 February - will feature of screening of the documentary “Hurricanes to Murmansk” about the first Arctic Convoy despatched in August 1941 following the German invasion of Russia. Churchill sent a complete RAF Wing of Hurricane aircraft to secure the strategic port of Murmansk, the vital supply route for war materials to Russia during WW2.
Austin invited Phyllis Coyle and her family to the event following her leadership of the campaign for a national memorial and medal for veterans of the convoys, including her late husband Mick.
Ian Austin said:
“It’s a privilege to be able to invite Phyllis and her family to this commemoration of the Arctic Convoys in Parliament.
“Phyllis Coyle is a great woman, and it’s thanks to her that we now have lasting memorials to the men who braved perilous seas, freezing temperatures and German u-boats to keep vital supply lines open.
“I was proud to know Mick Coyle, proud to count as a friend someone who had done so much for his country, for his comrades through the SSAFA and the Royal British Legion and for the people of Dudley.
“These men and women did not just win the war, they won the right of the rest of us to live in a country governed by the great British values of democracy, equality, freedom, fairness and tolerance – the values that make this the greatest country in the world.”