A press conference was held at a local Hotel
Ben was interviewed by Erik Bye
'Ben Murphy teaching Gunnar Karlson how to ‘draw’ during his visit to Linde.'
He hasn't changed much has he?
Some young women had cycled a long way to see Ben
Looks like Erik Bye stops the gunfight and recommends a different type of shoot out.
'Press conference in Hotell Klubben where Ben Murphy on the right here answers questions from the many members of the press.'
In 1972 Ben attended the TØnsberg Fair in Norway. 25,000 people attended. The following photographs and articles have been provided by Aud-Torill Corneliussen who contacted the event manager and obtained his permission to share these photos and articles here. Aud-Torill has also provided a few of the photos she took on the day. One other photo from an unknown source is included. A Norwegian friend of mine has translated some of the captions for us.
Ben was also taken to see an historic monument by the event manager
'Linde boarding school for the physically challenged had a popular guest Ben Murphy seen here in a duel with one of his many admirers.'
Colorized versions of some of the video photos
The competition continues to a tin can throw-off
Ben arrived at the event on horseback. You can just see him on the right of this photograph.
The final contest involves a race in bumper cars.
One fan tried to teach him a few words of Norwegian
Ben arrives chased by the 'sheriff'.
A stand off ensues.
The 'sheriff' threw first but after a close match Kid Curry knows how to win.
Ben had a fast draw competition with a boy named Øyvind. Note the gun in Ben's back pocket. Did Øyvind fire first?
Colorized versions of some of these wonderful photos
'Here they are not concerned at the moment about the environment or EU. Before them stands the robber and cowboy hero Ben Murphy Alias Smith and Jones on Norway visit.'
Time for Ben to leave
Ben also met.....the Mayor's Niece (Almost Kid Curry's 'daughter of the Mayor ')
A video from Norwegian Television has been found by fans showing Ben arriving at the fair and taking part in a mock contest with a female 'sheriff'.
Find the video here: https://tv.nrk.no/program/fuha01000572/en-kveld-i-sjoelysthuset?fbclid=IwAR1FNX-PUV2UNpmE8bu9OYxww_UJ37L2MbJ9-yi-MteDXsPB49rjAv_uM8E
Below are screen captures from the video.
Ben visited a school for children with physical disabilities
Media photos from the Fair