James Jack installed the Christmas tree ahead of the lights switch on in Aberdeen, marking the 25th Anniversary of twinning with Norwegian city, Stavanger. Hundreds turned up to celebrate the occasion with the Lord Provost of Aberdeen and the Deputy Mayor of Stavanger in attendance at the ceremony where a 35ft Norwegian spruce Christmas tree (an annual gift from the twinned city) was lit up for the first time this year.
The James Jack team from the Aberdeen depot where assigned to lift the tree in to place after it was inspected by the Forestry Commission and Aberdeen City Council’s arboriculture team. The monumental tree was brought into Castlegate and, with the assistance of a 25tonne City Crane, the team, consisting of crane operator Walter Petrie and slinger Simon Greenhill, lifted the tree in to position.
Barriers were placed around the tree for safety but were then moved for a short time to allow attendees to have a photograph taken with them in front of the Norwegian spruce.
After the ceremony, little marzipan pigs were handed out to the children (as is the tradition in Norway at this time of year) whilst the Salvation Army and Aberdeen Churches Together performed a carol service – we are delighted to help get the Christmas Festivities underway – as they say in Aberdeen “it’s a bonnie tree fir the bairns”.