25 November 2020| | 2 min read
Online lighting of the Bergen Tree to help keep the city safe
The lighting of the Bergen Tree will be very different this year with people being encouraged to watch it online from the comfort and safety of their own home.
With the usual festive events cancelled in response to Covid and the need to prevent people from gathering and the virus from spreading, the traditional carol service and ceremony to celebrate the lighting of the Bergen Tree can’t take place in its normal way. But Newcastle City Council and the Mayor of Bergen are committed to keep the traditional alive, so this year a film of the switch-on will be shown at 6pm on Thursday 26 November – to coincide with when the event should have happened.
The city of Bergen has again presented the people of Newcastle with a Christmas tree, which is now lit and standing proudly in the grounds of the Civic Centre as it has done since 1949 as a symbol of peace and friendship between the two cities. On Thursday everyone is encouraged to visit the council’s Facebook page to see the film of Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr David Cook turning on the tree’s lights.
The Lord Mayor said: “We know the priority this Christmas is to keep everyone safe, and by moving the Bergen Tree lighting ceremony online we can help with this whilst still keeping this much-loved tradition alive.
“I am delighted that the Mayor of Bergen Marte Mjos Persen will be joining us virtually for this and what a fantastic symbol of our two cities’ bond that she is still supporting us at this time.
“I very much hope that we can celebrate in the usual way in 2021 and invite guests from Bergen to our wonderful city once again”.
An online celebration of the lighting of the Bergen Tree will be shown on Newcastle City Council’s Facebook page - @NewcastleCityCouncil from 6pm, Thursday 26 November.
We know the priority this Christmas is to keep everyone safe, and by moving the Bergen Tree lighting ceremony online we can help with this whilst still keeping this much-loved tradition alive.
Cllr David Cook
Lord Mayor of Newcastle