David Duguid welcomes nuclear medal award for veterans
Local MP for Banff and Buchan, David Duguid has welcomed a UK Government announcement that nuclear test veterans are to be awarded a medal for their unique service 70 years ago.
A new medal is to honour the significant contribution of veterans and civilian staff from across the Commonwealth, who participated in Britain’s nuclear testing programme, the Prime Minister will announce today.
The award comes as the country pays tribute to the veterans of the United Kingdom’s nuclear test programme at the National Memorial Arboretum.
The event, which takes place 70 years after the first British test of a nuclear weapon, will be attended by the Prime Minister, the Defence Secretary and Veterans’ Affairs Minister Johnny Mercer.
Service personnel, veterans and their families, and representatives from military charities will also attend.
“This is extremely welcome news for veterans in my constituency, and across the UK who served in the nuclear test programme in the 1950s and 1960s.
“I have made several representations on behalf of my affected constituents since 2017 and so I am very pleased to see the Prime Minister award this medal.
“The service of those veterans who served in the nuclear testing programme cannot be understated and so it is right that they are being properly recognised.”