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Sweden ‘saves’ Norway 17 May following local row. Amongst discussions about whether multi-national flags should be permitted in 17 May parades in Norway, money problems prompt an international aid move to prevent celebrations silence. This year’s 17 May parades in Vestfold County are to get a Swedish musical boost to make sure they go with a bang. May's story starts when Andebu Marching Band’s own committee disbanded the ensemble following funding issues They promptly marched out of their governing roles.

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Sweden ‘saves’ Norway 17 May following local row

Published on Friday, 10th May, 2013 at 13:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 10th May 2013 at 17:00.

Amongst discussions about whether multi-national flags should be permitted in 17 May parades in Norway, money problems prompt an international aid move to prevent celebrations silence.

The flags of the Nordic countries
The flags of the Nordic countries
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This year’s 17 May parades in Vestfold County are to get a Swedish musical boost to make sure they go with a bang.

May's story starts when Andebu Marching Band’s own committee disbanded the ensemble following funding issues They promptly marched out of their governing roles.

The local 17 May Committee and businesses then turned to Sweden for help, reports publication Tønsbergs Blad.

Said band's by then former committee subsequently replied by saying they were "extremely disappointed" by the overtures to Sweden.

“The same [17 May Committee and business] actors would not contribute to the marching band being saved. The band application for funding to recruitment was rejected as recently as spring 2013. We believe that our efforts to try to save the band are now obsolete!” they write on their homepage.

Fristad Youth Orchestra in Borås municipality, southwestern Sweden, is now coming to the inhabitants of Andebu’s rescue.

They have been practising the Norwegian national anthem and other 17 May classics for the past week.

According to the paper, Andebu Centre Party (Sp) Mayor Bjarne Sommerstad has mixed feelings. He is pleased there is band, but uncertain about the band’s nationality.

Borås music school teacher and conductor Ulf Holmestrand told Aftenposten Sweden’s lack of comparable 17 May celebrations and band traditions meant he did not have issues with accepting the 17 May Committee’s request.

“We looked at it as a cry for help, and gladly took the challenge to help the people of Andebu get band music on this day. This is certainly a very honourable mission,” he added.

Mr Holmestrand also said he is aware the move is slightly controversial, but was surprised at the attention the matter has received over the border.

“This has always been intended as an act of solidarity for our brothers and sisters in Norway from our side,” he concluded, underlining the Swedish flag will not be accompanying them.



Published on Friday, 10th May, 2013 at 13:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 10th May 2013 at 17:00.

This post has the following tags: 17maynorway, norway-sweden.





  
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