Port security officer Lisbeth knighted for services to Norway

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A NORTH Tynesider has been awarded a Norwegian knighthood for services to the Scandinavian country.

Lisbeth Lorentzen, of Forest Hall, has been awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.

The 48-year-old, a security officer at the Port of Tyne in North Shields for over four years and was previously a tour guide for Norwegian ferry operator Fjordline.

She has also been vice-consul for the Norwegian honorary consulate in Newcastle for 12 years.

The order of merit – or Kongelige Norske Fortjensteorden Ridder – is the newest Nordic order and is often awarded to Norwegian citizens living abroad. Its English equivalent is a knighthood.

Lisbeth was nominated by the London consulate for her outstanding service to Norway.

“It was very exciting when I heard the news that I had been awarded this honour by King Harald V and very humbling,” she said.

“I am looking forward to showing my medal to my family when I return to Norway.

“I have been working at the Port of Tyne international passenger terminal in some capacity for over 18 years, and in the role of vice-consul, I was able to provide much-needed assistance to Norwegian passengers.”

Lisbeth is about to move back to Norway and said: “I will really miss the north east and working at the Port of Tyne, but I have many fond memories.”

Geoff Gillon, the port’s director of human resources, said “This is a remarkable achievement.

“Lisbeth was a very deserving nomination for this commendation and we wish her the very best for her future in Norway.”