Mayor’s tribute to Norway

Scarborough Mayor Cllr John Blackburn
Scarborough Mayor Cllr John Blackburn

SCARBOROUGH’S mayor has led the towns tributes to the victims of the atrocities that befell Norway last Friday.

Cllr John Blackburn offered his condolences to those directly affected by the bombing and subsequent shooting which claimed 76 lives in total.

Cllr Blackburn said: “We are incredibly saddened by the recent events in Oslo and Utoya Island. Our thoughts are with the Norwegian people, especially the families of those who have lost loved ones.”

Scarborough shares strong ties with the Scandanavian country. School brass bands from Norway regularly come to play public concerts in the summer, and hundreds of students visit the town throughout the year.

It was only in June when six bands travelled over to Scarborough to play to large crowds in Peasholm Park.

And another group of students from the country are planning to visit the town in September for a cultural, historical and educational trip.

Scarborough man Patrick Argent, who is a teacher with Scandinavian educational organisation Club England, helps bring the Norwegian students to the country.

He said: “The vast majority of the Club England students visiting the town are from Norway constituting many hundreds each year.

“Over the years I have met thousands of Norwegians and they are a very friendly, open-minded and peace-loving nation.”

Anders Behring Breivik, who faces terrorism charges, appeared in court on Monday to enter a not guilty plea, despite admitting carrying out the crimes.