Dumfries remembers role as home to Norwegian army

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The flag of Norway is to be raised over Dumfries to mark the 70th anniversary of its special links with the nation.

The connection was made in World War II when the town played host to the exiled Norwegian army.

The relationship is celebrated annually in St Michael's Church where many of the servicemen worshipped.

Church elder, Richard Reade, said the local council had come on board to help recognise the added significance of this year's commemorations.

Events, including a special service, will culminate with the flag-raising event at the Midsteeple at 1000 GMT.

Norway was one of the first countries to be overwhelmed by Germany during World War II and many of its soldiers and others fled in the hope of regrouping elsewhere....

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