Christian Den Fjerdes Laug


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We have in Aalborg and Rebild many traditions in connection with the Fourth of July, the national holiday of USA..

One of them is the initiation into the Guild of guests to the festivities in Rebild Hills. Of cause again this year such a ceremonial initiation took place.

Chief bencher Niels Voss Hansen led the new members expertly through the initiation rituals, according to which they have to take a walk around Jens Bang’s Stenhus in order to reach the secret back passage to Duus´ Vinkjælder and try their newly received keys in the lock, to make sure that they – as all other members of the Guild – may get into the cellar on their own. Afterwards they got the traditional menu: Danish red sausages, bread and the absolutely necessary “potato juice”.

Among the initiated were the keypersons from the festivities in Rebild Hills: Chargé d’ Affaires Laura Lochman, who is acting USA-ambassador to Denmark, the American head speaker Rene Gross Kærskov, the adventurer etc. and rector dr. Lyle Loelofs from Berea College, who was also a speaker at the Rebild festivities. The Danish head speaker was former Danish prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who was initiated into the Guild on a former occasion.

Then everyone went to Rebild Hills to the traditional “tent- luncheon” on the parking area in front of Rebildhus. Here the Guild again had a role to play, and the benchers entered the tribune accompanied by the grand and forceful tones from the Guild’s music-director, solo trumpeter Per Iversen’s “lure” - and then the chief bencher donated scarves to the ladies and ties to the gentlemen.

After the luncheon people went out to find themselves seats on the hillsides surrounding the open air scene, and it was soon obvious that – presumably thanks to the fine weather - the number of guests were greater than last year - and that is a fine thing for the 105 years old tradition. <<<

Photo: Jens Morten og Fini Ryming

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It has for decades been a tradition that at the beginning of the annual general meeting in Christian the Fourth´s Guild a greeting is sent by telegram to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and the royal family and nearly every year an answer from the Majesty is received before the annual meeting is over. >>>


Three small girls had their pension schemes started when they got the Triplet Grant from Christian the Fourth´s Guild.

The Grant was founded in 1943 and all triplets born in Aalborg has since then received the Grant which time and inflation has raised to 1,500 DKK to each.

The small girls in Storvorde – now 5 months old – are Alma, Liva and Agnes, and they are daughters of Nana Kanstrup and Kasper Knuth Hansen. Four Guild benchers visited the family and presented the Grant and the money (and at the same occasion put a little something in the piggy bank of the triplet´s 5-year old sister).

Ib Regnarsson, Niels Voss Hansen and Tom Thylkjær with the small girls, left Svend Aage Suhr. The parents seem remarkably relaxed.

Photo: Fini Ryming

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Ten young students in Aalborg colleges and other educational institutions received an extra seasonal greeting, when the Guild for the 27th time gave out this year’s “Grants of Good Spirit”.

”These grants can’t be applied for. It is the educational institutions themselves that nominate the receivers according to the grants’ rules: The receiver should be a student or an apprentice, who by his/hers good spirits, happy disposition and positive outlook has been helping create good vibrations and good fellowship, and thereby inspired teachers and comrades to work in a positive and pleasant way.  

“And the receivers should not necessarily be specially hardworking or clever, but of course that wouldn’t hurt” as the chief bencher, Niels Voss Hansen, pointed out, when he and some of the benchers visited Hasseris Gymnasium to donate a grant. The benchers also donated a grant to an apprentice in Salling’s Bakery.


In other educational institutions the grants and cheques are handed out by the schools themselves - often at the final celebration before the Christmas holidays. But everywhere the receivers have been told that the money should be spent in the spirit, they are given: to help the joy flourish in the happy town of Aalborg,<<<

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Photo: Jens Morten