Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace will visit Norway 18th-21st November in connection with a new twinning project between Wigtown and Tvedestrand.
On Friday 19th November, Cllr Sandra McDowall and Mayor Jan Dukene will sign the twinning agreement in the presence of Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace and Norwegian Minister of Justice Odd Einar Dørum.
After the signing, the VIPs will be given a presentation of ‘Bokbyen ved Skagerrak’ (‘the Booktown by Skagerrak’), which was establised in June last year in Tvedestrand. Wigtown is already well known as Scotlands National Book Town, whereas Tvedestrand’s ‘Bokbyen ved Skageraak’ was established in June last year.
The basis for the agreement is exchange of knowledge and information between the two book towns, to strengthen the already existing friendship and to further develop the two Booktowns.
During his visit, the Deputy First Minister will also get an orientation on a pilot project on Marine Biodiversity in Tvedestrandsfjorden. The project is a joint venture between the Institute of Marine Research and Tvedestrand municipality and aims to map the distribution of marine habitats and their inhabitants (both plants and animals).
The Deputy First Minister will also visit the Norwegian Iron Work Museum (Næs Jenverksmuseum) and the Ibsen Museum.
On the last day of his visit, Wallace will cut the Christmas Tree which will be sent to Orkney. The Tree is a gift from Grimstad Council to the St. Magnus Cathedral in Orkney.