Wednesday was the 1st of May, celebrated around the world variously as Labour Day, Labor Day, Workers’ Day, or possibly some kind of pagan spring festival.
In Norway it’s a public holiday (known as a ‘red day’, not for political reasons, but because public holidays are marked on calenders, planners, diaries, etc, in red ink). Finnsnes was mostly deserted: everything was shut (except the church and petrol stations), and everyone is on holiday (except church staff, petrol station workers, and other ‘essential workers’).
To honor this ‘doing nothing’ day, Finnsnes band lead a procession around the town. Susanna looked good in her new uniform. It was her first time ‘marching’ since she was about 8 years old in Earby Band, and having slightly nervous parents, she borrowed an instrument for the day (not sure what we would have told the insurance company if she had dropped her brand new instrument!). For a relatively small group they made good sound – it’s just a shame there weren’t a few more people to hear them. I guess they must have been enjoying doing nothing too much to come out. Or maybe it was because it started to snow . . . .