Prime Minister cuts Christmas tree for Newcastle

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, herself from Bergen, and Bergen Mayor Trude Drevland challenged their skills as lumberjacks on Tuesday when they cut down a Christmas tree that will be sent to Newcastle in the U.K.

"It was actually quite a heavy job. You definitely need a certain rhythm to get the hang of it," said an excited and fully equipped Solberg about the 21-meter high tree. "I have only cut down very small Christmas trees before," the Prime Minister tells NRK.

Every year since 1949, Bergen has sent a Christmas tree to Newcastle as a gift, which has been a way for Bergen to show their appreciation for Britain's aid during World War II. The tree will be placed outside the City Hall in Newcastle.

This year, the tree that was chosen was located just outside a kindergarten in Bergen. Children from the kindergarten as well as students from two local schools sang and participated when the tree was cut down.

Solberg herself, however, admits that she does not fell her family's own Christmas tree. "We usually buy a silver fir that is meant to last all through Christmas without shedding any needles," she explains.







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