Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Arrives at Port of Immingham
The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, a 62ft Norwegian spruce from Nordmarka near Oslo, has reached England, arriving at the Port of Immingham.
This annual gift from Norway is a symbol of gratitude for British support during WWII and will be set up in London next Thursday. Currently, the tree is awaiting inspection before its transport to the capital on Saturday.
Jonathan Lowden of DFDS Seaways termed it the "very important tree" and expressed pride in this longstanding tradition. The tree journeyed by sea, with a stop in Gothenburg, and will soon be delivered to London by a haulier.
Despite the change in scenery, the spruce remains in a comfortable cold environment at the port, reminiscent of its natural habitat. To celebrate the tree's 70 years and the tradition's 76th anniversary, it will be adorned with vertical strands of energy-efficient lights, reflecting Norwegian decorative customs, as stated by Westminster Council. This tradition honors the historic alliance between Norway and Britain during WWII when Norway's King Haakon VII sought refuge in London.