Christmas tree on its way to Trafalgar square

On November 23, 2011 by admin

PHOTO: Torgeir Stenstad

This is the 65 year in which the city of Oslo provides London with a Christmas tree.

This tradition began as a symbol of gratitude for British help and support to Norway during World War II, when Norway was occupied by Nazi forces from 1940 to 1945.

The ceremony of cutting the tree on Friday (18th of November) was attended by the British Ambassador in Norway, Jane Owen, and the Mayor of Westminster, Susie Burbridge, along with other dignitaries and students from local schools.

The tree itself is 55-year-old Norway spruce, which was spotted about 15 years ago by the crews of the city parks. It is situated near a forest Mariholtet known as Østmarka.

The tree is reaching a height of 22 feet, before being cut for its trip to London.It will be decorated and lit in a ceremony in Trafalgar Square on 1 December.

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