Sickened by Norway island horror

A WELWYN man has spoken of his absolute horror as the twin attacks in Norway brought back memories of happier times in a Scandinavian youth camp.

Sandy Walkington told the Welwyn Hatfield Times he was sick to the core when he heard the news 68 people were gunned down in the island camp of Utoya, following the bomb blast in Oslo that killed eight.

Mr Walkington, from Hobbs Hill, is the Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman for St Albans and attended a similar political camp in Sweden in 1981.

The camp in Norway was organised for young members of the ruling Labour party.

Mr Walkington said: “When the news came in I could picture it.

“I went to an island camp near Stockholm, Sweden where I was a guest speaker for the Liberals.

“The kids were there to have fun time, swimming, sailing, sunbathing, singing round the campfire with the occasional political speech, it was a great experience.”

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Speaking of the attacks, which right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik has admitted carrying out, Mr Walkington said he was horrified.

“I felt sick to the core, this was a youth wing of a political party.

“These were great occasions for young people who had a sense of social responsibility, that is why they belong to a youth wing of a political party.

“What has happened is unspeakable.”