The following email, along with some amazing photos (below) of the Castle Wemyss estate and Lord Inverclyde, was received from Jean Seeberg in Randers, Denmark on 28th June, 2018 about a visit to Castle Wemyss by the FDF Randers 1st Circle group in 1948.
On the 30th June 2018 I took a set of photos in the same area and had a look to see if there was any obvious sign of the tree that FDF Randers planted back in 1948. Sadly there was no sign of the tree that I could see and if it does still exist, which tree is it?
My question is because FDF Randers 1st Circle in 1948 visited Boys Brigade 2nd Paisley and had the honour, together with Lord Inverclyde, to be allowed to plant a tree at Castle Wemyss.
Now that it's 70 years since FDF first visited Boys Brigade, the FDF Museum in Randers is doing an exhibition about the long friendship and the many reciprocal visits. Therefore, we are interested in whether the same tree is still in the park and if it is possible to get a picture of what it looks like today?
One of the participants in 1948, Børge Simonsen, who is 92 years old, is the general manager of the museum and remembers the visit to Castle Wemyss with great pleasure. I hope to hear from you in the hope that you can help me with information.
On the trip in 1948, some 70 years ago, was the 22 year old FDF boy from Randers, Børge Simonsen, who is still active within FDF, as general manager of FDF Museum in Randers.
It is the 70th anniversary of this trip and the subsequent many visits that have given rise to a special exhibition about the friendship between Boys Brigade and FDF in Randers.
Børge Simonsen is now 92 years old and still active as general manager at the FDF Museum in Randers, which he has built up for almost 30 years.
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Who is FDF?
FDF is one of the largest Christian organizations for children and youth in Denmark. The aim of FDF is to share the Gospel with children and youth. Since 1902 FDF has been an independent and voluntary part of the youth work of the Danish national church.