A Norwegian Bike for Peace delegation visited the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre in Warrington as part of their 2018 England tour.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester officially welcomed the delegation to Manchester, North West England on Saturday 12th May before the tour, led by the Norwegian-based ‘Bike for Peace’ group, sets off towards Liverpool. They stayed in Warrington and visited the International Peace Centre.
This is the third UK-based tour in recent years held by the Norwegian Bike for Peace group, which uses the mode of cycling to bring communities together and promote peace.
Bike for Peace was established by Tore Naerland, and is a Norwegian based organization seeking to initiate and develop a grassroots concern for the local environment, as well as creating an understanding of the national and global consequences of the actions of individuals and communities through campaigns.
The first campaign was run in 1978 in Northern Ireland.
Tore Naerland commented on his latest tour: “Bike for Peace works for peace, and our common environment, across regions and nations, languages and cultures across the world.
“Over the 40 years of the organisation, Bike for Peace has organized peace and friendship rides in more than 104 countries. During its tours, Bike for Peace has met many well-known political, religious and cultural leaders like Popes John Paul II and Francis, General Secretaries of the United Nations Boutros Boutros Ghali, Perez de Cuellar and Ban Ki-Moon, the former President of Poland Lech Walesa, the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
In Warrington, the delegation was welcomed by Peace Foundation Chief Executive Nick Taylor. “Warrington is at the centre of the peace movement in this country and I enjoyed welcoming the delegation and showing them the amazing Peace Centre and telling them about our work.”
Bike for Peace Co-ordinator Tore Naerland led the ride and was joined by Svein-Arne Jerstad, the former Mayor of Kveindal, close to Stavanger. It included other former Mayors and current members of the Bike for Peace group.
Bike for Peace then continued along the trans-Pennine trail to Liverpool.
In 2016 Tore Naerland was awarded the Gandhi Peace Foundation UK Peace Prize at a special ceremony in the Houses of Parliament. Earlier this year he was also awarded a special award for promoting peace by the King of Norway.
Pictures of the ride in Warrington: