Norwegian Constitution Day celebrations fast approaching
Visitors from Norway will travel to Orkney to take part in the annual celebrations for Norwegian Constitution Day this Thursday, May 17.
The day will begin at 10.30am with a Remembrance service at the Norwegian war graves in St Olaf’s Cemetery. Transport will be provided from Kirkwall Pierhead to the cemetery at 10am.
At 12pm the Tog will set off from the Kirkwall Pierhead to the Market Green, led by members of the Kirkwall City Pipe Band, Norwegian visitors, school children and any members of the public who would like to join in.
When the Tog arrives outside the St Magnus Cathedral the Norwegian National Anthem will be played followed by a speech from Orkney Islands Council’s Convener Harvey Johnston and a reply by the Norwegian Guest of Honour Beate Husa.
Kirkwall City Pipe Band will then perform followed at 12.45pm by the Orkney Norway Friendship Association Concert in the Cathedral, featuring local school children – donations will be welcome at the door.
Norwegian Constitution Day will end with the Orkney Norway Friendship Association Dinner Dance at the Commodore at 7pm.
Norwegian Constitution Day is celebrated in Orkney every year, and the longstanding relationship dates back many centuries to when the islands were populated by Norwegians in the late 700s.
In 1983 an official Twinning Agreement was signed with Hordaland County Council and at Christmas a tree is delivered to Orkney as a gift from the region – with a delegation from Hordaland visiting as part of this every December. The last visit by Orkney Islands Council to Norway was in 2008, to mark the 25th anniversary of twinning arrangement.