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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
Christmas under Nelson
Since 1947, Norway has supplied Trafalgar's Christmas Tree
Location: Trafalgar Square, WC2H
Description: Each year since 1947, a Christmas tree has been given to the people of London from the people of Norway in gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during World War II.
For many Londoners the Christmas tree and carol-singing in Trafalgar Square signal the countdown to Christmas.
The tree is usually a Norwegian spruce (Picea abies) over 20 metres high and 50-60 years old. It is selected from the forests surrounding Oslo with great care several months, even years, in advance. The Norwegian foresters who look after it describe it fondly as 'the queen of the forest'.
The tree remains in Trafalgar Square until 6 January, the Twelfth Night of Christmas, when it is taken down for recycling. The tree is chipped and composted, to make mulch.
Tagged in this Tour: The Doctor Whoish tour of London