Parade for Norwegian Constitution Day
Norwegian Constitution Day was celebrated in Lerwick this morning with the sound of drums, singing and cheers.
The 50-strong parade left the esplanade at 11am with plenty of Norwegians flying the Norwegian flag through Commercial Street and continuing through Lerwick.
The red blue and white of the Norwegian flags was on display in King Harald Street with a flag flying at Islesburgh Youth Hostel and another hoisted high above the town hall.
Derick Herning former chairman of the now disbanded Shetland Norwegian Friendship Society, said the parade had been running for the last three or four years.
He said it was very important to mark the big day and celebrate the friendship between Shetland and Norway.
“There’s always a parade on the 17th of May whether it’s large or small so why not in Shetland?,” he said.
Jon Pederson from Oslo is the Deputy First Minister of finance in Norway.
He said it was good to be part of the parade and “it was most impressive” to see the Norwegian flags on show.
“Shetland is obviously a very prosperous community at the moment so you notice the Norwegian links than perhaps better for many, many decades,” he said.
Mons Tingelstad travelled from Norway to Shetland last year and has been staying with locals Brian Nicholson and Fiona Adamson.
He said Norwegian Constitution Day was a major event in Norway and back home they visit church in the morning, followed by a visit to school, a meal together and singing the national anthem.
There was certainly a great deal of singing in the parade and the Norwegian visitors gave the national anthem plenty of gusto.
“I feel Shetlanders are a bit Norwegian in their mentality and their way of behaving,” added Mons.