December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree will be lit up for the 65th time tonight in a ceremony.
The tree is a gift from Norway to London as a mark of thanks for British support during the Second World War.
It was selected in the Scandinavian country last month by a team of experts, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, councillor Angela Harvey, and the Mayor of Oslo, Stian Berger Rosland.
It was then transported 700 miles across the North Sea on a ferry to Immingham, Lincolnshire, and then carried by lorry from the docks to Trafalgar Square.
The Norwegian spruce is specially selected from a sustainable forest near Oslo.
The eventwill see performances by Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, the St-Martin-In-The-Fields church choir and the Regent Hall Band of the Salvation Army.