London's tree is falling down

Seven-year old Will Banyard from West Yorkshire has friends in high places. They came in handy last Tuesday, as the Mayor of Oslo (photo), the Lord Mayor of Westminster and the British Ambassador to Norway helped him bring down the traditonal Norway Spruce destined for Trafalgar Square in London.

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Will was the overall winner of a competition run by BBC's Blue Peter programme. The prize was a trip to Norway to take part in the selection of this year's Trafalger Square Christmas tree.

This year's tree stems from Rausjoemarka, an area that is technically in Enebakk township but the forest itself is owned by Norway, according to information from Oslo council.

The traditional ceremony was attended by Oslo's mayor, Per Ditlev-Simonsen, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Mrs. Jan Prendergast and the British ambassador, Mrs. Mariot Leslie.

Two groups of schoolchildren sang Christmas carols while refreshments were served and the impressive tree chopped down.

If you want to see the tree Will cut in the forest outside Oslo, you should come to the lighting-up ceremony in Trafalgar Square on 4 December. The ceremony starts at 6.15 pm.


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Mayor of Oslo Per Ditlef Simonsen gives Will Banyard (7) a hand with the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree.