Friday 17th of May is Norwegian Constitution Day. Norwegians will be celebrating the independence of their nation in many places across the world. Orkney, of course, has a special relationship with Norway and there are events held throughout the day.
Here’s what happened last year Sun Shines on Kirkwall for Norwegian Independence Day
2019 arrangements in Orkney
10:30 Remembrance service at the Norwegian war graves in St Olaf’s Cemetery. Transport will be provided from Kirkwall Pierhead to the cemetery at 10:00.
12:00 the Tog will set off from the Kirkwall Pierhead to the Market Green, led by members of the Kirkwall City Pipe Band, Norwegian visitors, school children and any members of the public who would like to join in.
When the Tog arrives outside the St Magnus Cathedral the Norwegian National Anthem will be played followed by a welcome speech from Orkney Islands Council’s Convener Harvey Johnston. Norwegian Guest of Honour Dr Eva Robards will then make a reply speech. Dr Robards is the current Chairman of CoScan – the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies.
12.30 Kirkwall City Pipe Band will perform followed by the Orkney Norway Friendship Association Concert in the Cathedral, featuring pupils from Stromness Academy – donations will be welcome at the door.
7.00pm Orkney Norway Friendship Association Dinner Dance at the Commodore at 7.00pm for a 7:30 start. Tickets cost £22.50 for adults (school children go free) and are available from The Orcadian Bookshop in Kirkwall or Wisharts in Stromness.
Everyone is welcome to join in all the day’s events.