On 4 December, Andrew Hodgson, CEO at Beck & Pollitzer and Gareth Johnson, MP for Dartford, attended the official Trafalgar Square Christmas tree lighting ceremony to witness the Mayors of London and Oslo illuminate ‘the world’s most famous Christmas tree’. The 20-meter spruce, which is affectionately known as ‘the Queen of the forest’, is an annual gift – since 1947 – from the people of Oslo to Britain for the Allies’ role in liberating their nation. The great tree was safely installed this week by Beck & Pollitzer’s specialist rigging team in Trafalgar Square.
‘For more than 10 years, we’ve been selected to transport the ‘Queen of the Forest’ across the UK then safely erect her in Trafalgar Square in time for the official lighting ceremony. We’re very proud to be invited by the Lord Mayor to join such a distinguished group as this at this year’s ceremony,’ says Andrew Hodgson, CEO at Beck & Pollitzer, who is joined today by Gareth Johnson, the MP for Dartford, and 34 Mayors from London and Oslo.
Asked by the BBC why Beck & Pollitzer is picked year-on-year to deliver and install the great spruce, Andrew explains: ‘It’s because our business started up 150 years ago in London that we have the specialist engineering skills to handle the more unusual, tricky jobs like this. Our clients know we can be trusted to safely erect a 20-meter high, 4-tonne spruce even in one of the world’s busiest tourist attractions. Though the majority of what we do for our clients now takes us all over the world to China, Russia and throughout Europe putting together industrial projects, we’re always delighted to be approached by the City to support Britain’s historic relationship with Norway at such a special time of the year.’
Commenting on last night’s ceremony, Gareth Johnson MP, said, ‘It’s great that Dartford has a role to play in this annual tradition. The Christmas tree gift from Norway is something that many people have huge affection for and we can be proud in Dartford that one of our local businesses plays a significant role in ensuring it makes it safely to Trafalgar Square.’
Signalling the start of the festive season for the nation’s capital, the lighting ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of Westminster (Councillor Audrey Lewis), Norwegian Ambassador (Ms. Mona Juul) and Governing Mayor of Oslo (Stian Berger Røsland). Decorated in traditional Norwegian style with hundreds of white lights, the tree provides a focal point for the Christmas Carol programme which kicked-off this year with singing by the St. Martin-in-the-Fields choir accompanied by the Salvation Army band.
Please copy and paste this link into your browser to see a video of the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree installation at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVW7axXEa9U
About Beck & Pollitzer
Beck & Pollitzer was established in London in 1863 as a general carrier and warehousing company and has grown over the last 151 years into one of the world’s leading experts in machinery relocation and installation with offices in 13 countries and a global skilled workforce of over 500 people.
In addition to transporting and installing the world famous Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, we also serve major multi-national companies operating in the automotive, printing, construction, food and drink, packaging, pharmaceuticals and aerospace industries.
During recent years, we have completed over 500 large-scale installation and relocation contracts, working in more than 44 countries throughout the world.
One of our continued strengths is our ‘total project management’ approach which we apply to all parts of our business, from moving Christmas trees to the most complex engineering projects. Our involvement at every stage of a project reflects the high-degree of trust that our clients place in us – trust that confirms the fact that we do the job right, first time, every time.
For further information on Beck & Pollitzer, please visit our website site at: https://www.beck-pollitzer.com