Dudinka celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1967
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Dudinka celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1967

November 26, 2020

Norilsk was represented by the combine director Vladimir Dolgih at the celebration.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The archival document on the Dudinka winter settlement foundation in 1667 was introduced into scientific circulation by the local historian, history teacher Pavel Vashchenko. A year before the jubilee, he published the information he had obtained in the newspaper Soviet Taimyr, and the district leaders decided to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Dudinka on a large scale. Historians of the region have checked and confirmed the date. According to the recollections of the participants in the events, Dudinka sang and danced for a day and night.

Norilsk, which had been counting since 1935 (not since 1953, as it happened later, when it received the status of a city), by that time celebrated its 32. It is known that the construction of the Arctic giant largely determined the fate of the centuries-old Dudinka. Director of the Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine Vladimir Dolgih came from Norilsk to celebrate the birthday of the port city.

The City House of Culture was chosen as the venue for the ceremonial meeting. The main sporting events took place at the stadium.

The memory of the first anniversary in the administrative and cultural center of Taimyr is kept by a brick five-story building, at the wall of which, next to the number 300, a sailor smiles against the background of the ship.

All the sights of Dudinka are also associated with its birthdays. For the 340th anniversary, the Northern Girl appeared. Six years later, the Polar Division of Norilsk Nickel presented the city with a clock tower, the so-called Big Ben.

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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

November 26, 2020

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