|Congratulations to Tim Jefferson for organising the
Norwegian Tour. The Mandolin Orchestra was a huge success. These tours all came about by
chatting to a Norwegian lady in a Newcastle pub about fifteen years ago!
The band visited the cosmopolitan city of Oslo, normally with crowded cafes, pubs and late
night shopping but on this occasion almost deserted because of the Whitmonday holiday on
31st May. At one point Tim Jefferson inflicted his bagpipes on passers-by.
From there we went across the fjord to Hovedøya island where the band enjoyed a lavish
barbecue laid on by Tims friends who helped organise the concerts and accommodation.
||Another place we visited was the small idyllic village of
Drøbak, meaning long hill/slope. The boys particularly enjoyed dodging the
jellyfish when jumping in the fjord! DrØbak is also is Santa
Claus hometown where he answers letters and has his own postmark! The Christmas
house and Santas post office is open all year round. It was from here at DrØbak,
that Hitler planned to force the Norwegians to surrender. But Colonel Birger Eriksen
defied the Norwegian fascist leader Vidkun Quislings orders and fired the 1890s
canons at the German battleship the Blucher. Eriksen then ordered fire from the secret
underwater torpedo battery two torpedoes hit and sealed the fate of Hitlers
pride. At 06.19 the Blucher went to the bottom of the 80-meter deep fjord. Thus gaining
time for the Norwegian Royal family and the nations leaders time to escape.
Unfortunately the Germans succeeded to seize the capital later that day when they landed
airborne troops from the airfields seized in Denmark.
The last concert was held in the university town of Ås at the Festhalen, where The
Jeffersons Mandolin Orchestra performed along with two other orchestras of Nicholas
and Reidar. The bands gig list was; I Had a Dream, Norwegian Wood, Farewell To Camp
Chase, Speak Softly Love, And I loveYou So, Forever And Ever, Into Your Arms, Spanish
Eyes, Something Stupid, Flower Of Scotland, Windmills Of Your Mind, Theme from Love Story
and Mad World. Well done to; Gary Nicholson, Michael Brenchley, George Mack, Stephen
Allman, Robert Mack, James Stimpson and band leader Joel Fiddy. Thanks boys
my coffee has never tasted better! Special thanks go to Tim Fiddy for all his hard
Norfolk Voluntary Group of Diabetes UK raised £1100.00
Thanks to all who took part