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Norwegian Commemoration Day, Dumfries

During the Second World War, the Norwegian Exile Government established a training campus i Dumfries. Scotland and Dumfries, became home to both military personnel and civilians, that came across the North Sea. At one point, as many as 1,000 Norwegians could have been settled in the Dumfries area and it's "Norway House". During wartime, both Crown Prince Olav V, Crown Princess Märtha and King Haakon VII visited the small village.

To mark the hospitaliy received in the town, the Norwegians placed a plaque in St Michael's Church to commemorate their stay, which finished in 1945. The Norwegian Ministry of Defence unveiled a new Church Plaque on 9 November 2003. The second plaque is commemorating the strong links between Norway and Dumfries made during the World War II.

On Sunday 5th June, Consul Grethe Knudsen from the Norwegian Consulate General in Edinburgh, Colonel Jon Peder Ryste, Defence Attachè at the Norwegian Embassy in London and Mr jostein Handal from the Norwegian Seaman's Church in Scotland visited St. Michael's Church in Dumfries to take part in the Norwegian Commemoration Day. Also present was H.M. Lord Lieutenant Captain Ronald C. Cunningham-Jardine, Russel Brown MP and Provost Ken Cameron.

Provost Ken Cameron gave Consul Grethe Knudsen a picture of the old 'Norges Hus' (Norway House) on behalf of Dumfries Council.

Consul Grethe Knudsen, Colonel Jon Peder Ryste, Mr Jostein Handal and Mr Richard Reade.

War graves in Dumfries

Attendees in front of the Plaque in Dumfries

Consul Grethe Knudsen in St. Michael's Church.

Colonel Jon Peder Ryste

Colonel Jon Peder Ryste

Provost Ken Cameron, H.M. Lord Lieutenant Captain Ronald C. Cunningham-Jardine, Consul Grethe Knudsen, Colonel Jon Peder Ryste and Russel Brown MP.

Piper Robert Gibb, Consul Grethe Knudsen, Colonel Jon Peder Ryste, Mr Jostein Handal and Mr Richard Reade.

 

 

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