Norwegian city presents gift to BB King Museum in Mississippi

BB King tries out his Norwegian throne while in conversation with the Consul General and Mayor Wiik. Photo: Norwegian Consulate General Houston / Norway.org.

BB King tries out his Norwegian throne while in conversation with the Consul General Lasse Seim (left) and Mayor Lise Wiik (right). Photo: Norwegian Consulate General Houston / Norway.org.

 

Consul General of Norway, Mr Lasse Seim, attended the official handing over of a gift to the BB King Museum in Indianola, Mississipi from the City of Notodden, Notodden Blues Festival and Europas Blues Senter on June 5. The gift was a custom made throne, designed and made by artisan Inge Mikkelsen.

By Liv Jenssen Eckho – Norway.org

The golden throne stands six feet tall and is made of pine. Cleverly incorporated in the design is the neck and head stock of BB King’s legendary guitar, Lucille.

The handing over of the trone was done by the Mayor of the City of Notodden, Ms Lise Wiik, and representatives from  Europas Blues Senter and Notodden Blues Festival, and was a part of the annual BB King Homecoming Festival.

Mr BB King himself was present.

In a short speech, Consul General Seim praised the cooperation between the BB King Museum in Indianola and  Europas Blues Senter in Notodden, and underlined the importance of BB King’s music as a means to bring the peoples of the US and Norway closer together. 

Indianola and the City of Notodden are currently working on an agreement to become sister cities.

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