“Now, there’s a funny thing.”

“Now, there’s a funny thing.”

This was one of the catchphrases of stand-up musical hall comedian, Max Miller (1894 – 1963). Max was to stand-up comedy in the first half of the 20th. Century what Michael McIntyre is to the first half of the 21st. Century.

“The Cheeky Chappie” was loved by the nation for his saucy innuendos, but is often remembered for being the first comedian to be banned by the BBC for overstepping the mark.

For many years, when the docks area of Swansea was being re-developed, I would regularly need to visit the area in support of the many start-up businesses that required asset finance for their fixtures and fittings.

I was always intrigued by the Norwegian church which is sited at the water’s edge. This iconic Nordic building was originally in Newport Docks and used by Norwegian sailors bringing timber to South Wales for pit props for the coal mines. It was relocated to Swansea Docks in 1910.

I always meant to visit the church and learn about its history and why a Norwegian church should be built on that site. Unfortunately, appointments and pressure of work took priority and I only had time to admire from afar.

Now, with the benefit of Google and Wikipedia I am more informed sat behind my desk in Topsham. Maybe soon I will have a reason to visit.

Very recently Armada was approached by Peter and Victoria Buttle who run four children’s day nurseries in and around Cardiff. They sought Armada’s help to fund the fitting out of their new nursery – yes, you’ve guessed it, sited in the Norwegian Church in the old docks of Swansea.

“Now, there’s a funny thing.”

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