Merry Christmas! Town's festive fir lands at Grimsby docks

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Nov 2017

The heart of Grimsby will be spruced up for Christmas thanks to a gift from the people of Norway.

A giant Norwegian spruce tree was given to the people of the town from the people of Sortland.

They said a 40ft thank you for the British role in the Allied liberation of Norway from the Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

It arrived on Grimsby docks this morning thanks to Eimskip vessel MV Svartfoss and Captain Stig Tommy Jenssen.

He played postman at the end of the 3,500km delivery.

Christmas arrives in Grimsby as the town centre Christmas tree arrived in Grimsby Docks brought in by Eimskip. The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Councillor Ron Shepherd presents captain of the ship Stig Tommy Jenssen a plaque and local beers.

It was received by the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Ron Shepherd who handed the ship’s captain a crate of Tom Woods’ Bomber County ale and a plaque on behalf of the people of North East Lincolnshire.

He was given a tour of the ship’s bridge as the crew began three days in the port.

The Mayor said: “I am very pleased to accept this gift. It is very much appreciated. This iconic tree will decorate the town centre and everyone will have the benefit of it.”

He joked about asking for a second tree to replace the newly-felled tree on Scartho fork roundabout.

Capt Jenssen said: “It is becoming quite a tradition. We are now in our 14th year of the link with the people of Sortland.”

He added: “We had high winds leaving Norway so there is plenty of fresh Norwegian air inside the tree.

Christmas arrives in Grimsby as the town centre Christmas tree arrived in Grimsby Docks brought in by Eimskip. Touring the bridge.

Managing director of Immingham-based Eimskip UK, Mike Lane said: “We are very proud to keep the tradition going. We will do the same thing next year.”

Eimskip have three vessels travelling between Grimsby and Norway each week, transporting various cargo, predominantly frozen fish.

The crossing was eventful as the vessel and the nine crew had to cope with high winds soon after leaving Norway.

They also spotted a family of killer whales hunting shoals of herring into fjords.

They berthed in Holland before travelling to Grimsby.

Christmas arrives in Grimsby as the town centre Christmas tree arrived in Grimsby Docks brought in by Eimskip.

The tree will be erected in The Bull Ring Grimsby and decorated ahead of the big Christmas switch on to be held on Thursday, November 23.

Grimsby’s Top Town will have a two day festive extravaganza to commemorate the lights being switched on. It will start on Thursday, November 23 from 3pm to 8pm with more events planned for Friday, November 24 from 10am to 4pm.

On the Thursday, Father Christmas and his reindeer will arrive, along with festive donkey rides, a reindeer petting zoo, and a huge Christmas food market along Victoria Street. It also heralds the start of late night shopping in Freshney Place.

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