Sverre Brosvik was a shop-owner in Værlandet. By the summer of 1941 he was in danger because of having helped other people in the Bergen area to escape the occupation. Sverre, his wife Matilde and son Oddmund (then ten years old) left Værlandet on 23 August 1941 on board M/B Solveig (SF 170 A) which was skippered by his brother Ivar Brosvik. However, Sverre and Matilde's two daughters had to be left behind because they were away at the time of their parents' escape which was organised with great haste.
Also on board were Ivar's wife Lene Cicilie Brosvik, Oddny Mari Brosvik (born 1933), Kåre Hansen, Peder Hansen, Elisabeth Holmvik, Andreas Jensen, Anton Johannes Landøy, Kirsten Landøy, Aslaug Leirpold, Per Johan Nybø, Fredrik Rochling, Kåre Seines, Erling Skarstein, Klara Værøyvik, Trygve Værøyvik. They landed at Lerwick on 25 August 1941.
Sverre and Ivar, together with their families, later moved to Buckie, residing for a time in Cliff Street. He started work as a clerk at the Royal Norwegian Consulate in East Church Street (Kintrae) and eventually, on 1 May 1943, was appointed as Consul. As such, Sverre organised the visit of HM King Haakon VII and HRH Crown Prince Olav to Buckie on 10 July 1943.
During their entire stay in Buckie, Sverre and Mathilde did not know the fate of their two daughters left behind in Norway. It was only after the German surrender that they received word that they were safe and well.
On their departure in August 1946, a considerable number of Buckie fowk turned out to bid them farewell, lead by Provost Merson (who had been made a Knight of the Order of St Olav not long before his visit). Auld Lang Syne and Will ye no come back again were sang at the harbour.
I and my fellow-countrymen cannot speak too highly of the treatment and hospitality which we have received. And while, of course, we are delighted with the prospect of seeing our country again we are sorry to leave so many friends in Buckie.
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