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Consul visits Dumfries to commemorate WW II

During the Second World War, Norway was invaded by German forces and many Norwegians fled to Britain, many to Dumfries where they were given the best of Scottish hospitality. On Sunday 24th October, Consul Grethe Knudsen visited Dumfries to attend a church service and to remember those who fought and died during the war.

During the second World War, Norway was attacked and occupied by German forces, despite continuing to declare neutrality. Many Norwegians fled to the British Isles, many to Dumfries. In Dumfries they were given a warm welcome and soon became part of the community.

The Norwegians in Dumfries enlisted as soldiers and at one stage there were a thousand men and more than a hundred women training in the town. The Norwegians were taken extremely good care of and were never made to feel like outsiders, but were included and welcomed to Dumfries.

Two plaques have previously been unveiled in Dumfries, as a sign of gratitude from the Norwegian people. The first plaque was put up in the early 1940s and the second was unveiled on Remembrance Sunday 9th November 2003.

After the war, the links between Norway and Dumfries stayed strong. In October 1962, King Olav V visited Dumfries and was granted freedom of the burgh. Norway also gave a Christmas tree to Dumfries for many years.

On Sunday 24th October, Consul Grethe Knudsen visited Dumfries to attend a service in St. Michael's Church to remember the War and those who died. After the service, the Consul met with a Veteran and widows of War Veterans.

In order to maintain the good links between Dumfries and Norway, it has been decided that this should be an annual event.

 

 

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From left: Consul Grethe Knudsen, Richard Reade, Provost Ken Cameron OBE JP, Jostein Handal, the Rev. Maurice Bond outside St.Michel's Church.