Leave Edinburgh 06:10 to travel to Paris, Moscow and then to Yerevan.
Arrive Yerevan 01:10 local time.
In the morning we visited the Ministry of Emergencies, Crisis Management State Academy. The IRC video was shown, Annie gave a presentation on our work in Spitak and other earthquakes. Followed by a question and answer session this was carried out with the aid of an interpreter.
After lunch we visited the Crisis Management National Centre. It was here while meeting the head of the organisation a presentation of medals was given to Anne Marie posthumously for Willie and to myself for our work 30 years ago. We had not been informed of this beforehand and it was a complete surprise. There followed a tour and explanation of the control room and a short visit to the INSARAG exercise that was being held. A short conversation was held with members of the UK Fire Service taking part before touring the excellent psychological facilities that are available to rescue workers and the public following major incidents.
Returning at approx. 19:00 for dinner before taking part in a television program at 21:45, this alongside Major Will George the UK Deputy Defence Attaché from the UK embassy.
Returned to hotel at approx. 23:00hrs
Friday 7th December
Another early start to travel the two hours to the Aemenaprkich church (Kiravakan has been renamed Gyumri) this is where the wreath laying was carried out. A minutes silence was held at 11:40 the time of the earthquake, the Armenian prime minister gave a speech followed by representatives from Russia, Germany & USA .
The commemoration ended at approx. 13:00. We then accompanied the UK Ambassador on the trip to Spitak to lay flowers at the memorial followed by lighting candles in St.Harutyun’s Church. The town has been rebuilt with buildings of no more than 5 storeys.
We returned to the hotel at approx. 18:00 and invited to dinner at 21:00.
Saturday 8th December
We arrived Yerevan airport on the morning of the 8th at 09:00. We travelled Yerevan to Moscow to Amsterdam to Edinburgh. Arrived home at 23:00 local time.
There is a 4-hour time difference between the UK and Armenia.