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'News stories in 1948'

This section gives you an archive of the stories which made it into the national press during 1948.

'December 15'

A 64-foot Norwegian Christmas tree, gift of the people of Oslo to the people of Britain, is set up in Trafalgar Square over the weekend. The tree is the second gift of a Christmas tree from the people of Oslo, the first having been sent in 1947. Oslo's mayor, attending a ceremony to present the tree, described how in the difficult years of the war thousands of Norwegians had found a refuge in Britain. The tree's hundreds of coloured lights are switched on by two British boys who had travelled to Norway to help select the tree. The Ministry of Works announces that the tree will only be lit from 5.30pm to 11pm until the New Year and that plans for lighting after the New Year will be announced later.

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