Accolade for war veteran

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A Royal Navy veteran who served in World War Two has been awarded the Artic Star medal almost 70 years after the conflict ended.

George Langton, 92, a resident at Wellington Court in Eastwood, earned the medal while serving aboard HMS Diadem between 1944 and 1947.

George, who was born in Hyson Green and went on to marry wife Midge, said: “The medal has been a long time coming and will sit nicely alongside the Atlantic Star and the North African Star on my Blazer.”

George served in the Royal Navy for 22 years and also served aborad HMS Eagle and HMS Queen Elizabeth.

He added: “At the time of the Artic convoys I was a relatively young man. The temperatures were minus 20 degrees, it was no place for any human being but somehow we came through it and helped to save many lives.”

Before joining the Royal Navy George worked at Scrimshaw’s Bakery, and after his naval career ran his own businesses George’s Cafe.

He is a long-serving member of the Russian Convoy Club and a member of the Royal British Legion.

George said: “I spent 22 years in the Royal Navy serving on four convoys. It was the making of me and despite extreme conditions and hardships it made me a better man.”

Barabara Marriott, who runs Wellington Court Residential complex, said: “We are all so proud of George.”