A touch of Norway at shopping centre

Norwegian youngsters greet people at Manor Walks Shopping Centre.
Norwegian youngsters greet people at Manor Walks Shopping Centre.

SHOPPERS have been given an insight into Norwegian way of life.

Ten young Christians from the Scandinavian country entertained visitors at Cramlington’s Manor Walks with traditional songs and Norwegian dancing.

They also handed out heart-shaped waffles as part of their customary tradition at the event, which was run in partnership with Cramlington Town Council and the Anglican, Methodist and Nazarene churches.

Centre general manager Bruno Coppola said: “This was a great opportunity for local residents to find out a little more about how communities work in Norway.”

Peter Shelley, who helped to organise the event, said: “We’ve been very pleased to come to Manor Walks as part of our initiative, which derives from our desire to see a stronger community spirit develop in Cramlington and we recognise that by learning from other cultures it makes people appreciate their own values and customs.”

Oystein Rykkelid, a Norwegian team leader with the party, added: “The people of Cramlington are very easy going – we were all welcomed with a wonderful smile.”