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Mayors travel by bike on north east Fife journey

Falkland - Fife - Bike for Peace - Mayors for Peace - Norwegian Mayors Worldwide Cycle - AUDUN HALSET, KARE FORVASMO, President and Founder TORE NERLAND and MARIT AALEN 
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Falkland - Fife - Bike for Peace - Mayors for Peace - Norwegian Mayors Worldwide Cycle - AUDUN HALSET, KARE FORVASMO, President and Founder TORE NERLAND and MARIT AALEN - FIFE PHOTO AGENCY -

London mayor Boris Johnstone is famous for getting about town on two wheels but it is not often you will see a mayoral procession on bikes.

In this case the four civic dignitaries were all from Norway, part of group called Bike for Peace, who stopped off in Falkland as they travelled through north east Fife on Wednesday on the Scottish leg of an ongoing international tour.

On their way across Central Scotland they were meeting up with Scottish provosts in a joint initiative with Mayors for Peace to call for the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons.

Mayors for Peace is a global organisation, led by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which campaigns against nuclear weapons and has more than 6000 members in 158 countries.

Bike for Peace is a Norwegian group founded by Tore Naerland in 1978, which seeks to promote peace between divided communities and calls for better environmental stewardship around the world.

To date, riders have visited 104 countries bringing people together in troubled communities such as in Northern Ireland, east-west groups during the Cold War, Israel and the Palestinian Authority and Burma/Myanmar.

In March it launched its annual world tour in Manchester at an event attended by former Prime Minister of Norway Kjell-Magne Bondevik.

The Scottish leg kicked off a new phase of national tours to continue to promote the Mayors for Peace’s campaign. Tours of Iran and Pakistan are planned for later this year.

In 2015 a full cycle from London to Glasgow is also planned.

Manchester’s Mayors for Peace representative, Councillor Mark Hackett, said: “I am delighted that Bike for Peace is highlighting its support for the Mayors for Peace again during this week’s tour around Scotland.

“I am sure they will get a warm welcome from provosts, councillors and CND Scotland groups in all the towns and cities they will visit.”

Bike for Peace founder Tore Naerland said: “When Bike for Peace was in England earlier this year we had a fantastic and warm reception in Manchester, Coventry and London.

“I was keen to bring our group back as soon as possible and particularly visit Scotland to support its many Mayors for Peace members, see for myself the Faslane nuclear submarines base and bike across Scotland.”

The Scottish tour began on Wednesday in Edinburgh and will be taking in Dundee, where there was a civic reception, Perth, Stirling, Helensburgh/Faslane and Glasgow.

 

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