Alan Shearer Creates Bond With Norway
On behalf of the Alan Shearer Foundation, the great man himself has headed an illuminating tour of the Alan Shearer Centre for a visiting Norwegian dignitary – and lifelong fan!
Alan invited the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Margaret Wood (photo – left), and the Mayor of Bergen, Trude Drevland (photo – children are form Gibside School), to view the specialist facilities for disabled people at the Centre when she was in the city last week. Alan told the Mayoral party: “It makes it more special to me that it’s here in Newcastle.”
The Norwegian mayor, who admitted being an admirer of the football legend since she was young, said during the visit that she was “so impressed” with the pioneering service offered and with Alan’s passion for the Centre and the disabled children and adults who were using the facilities.
“It’s not just that he puts his name to the place – it’s his feeling for it,” said Mayor Drevland.
The Lord Mayor’s office, which arranged the tour, said the purpose of the visit was to show the Bergen contingent the excellent care facility we have in the North East, so that they may learn from what we are doing and consider introducing something similar in Norway.
“We are delighted to be able to showcase the Centre and its great facilities for disabled people on an international level like this,” said the Centre’s services manager, Jackie Dunn.
Alan told Mayor Drevland after the tour: “In another six or seven years, when I come to Bergen, I’ll expect one of these centres to be built there!”
The Mayor of Bergen, a former nurse, agreed that she would be sending a delegation from Norway to view the Alan Shearer Centre’s facilities and services.
Following the Centre visit, the mayoral party went on to the official Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at the Civic Centre. Bergen is Newcastle’s twin city and for more than 60 years the community has given a Christmas tree as a symbol of peace and goodwill. It is decorated in traditional Norwegian white lights and is a token of lasting friendship.
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