Väinö Linna was born about 100 years ago in Urjala and moved to Tampere when he was 18 years old to work in a factory. My father, a young athlete called Eero, left the work as a welder in Tampella to work as a teacher. His and my mother’s family members were working in Tampere also at Finlayson, Lokomo, Tako and VR. For me, Tampere means the childhood’s pipes of the factories, the old-style buses and the black sausage of Tammelantori. Nowadays I would say Tampere Hall, Kalevankangas cemetery and definitely the black sausage of Tammelantori.
I only move to Pirkanmaa four years ago after traveling around for decades. I moved to the countryside to live in an old school in Hanhisuo of Urjala. We are neighbouring Lasikylä of Nuutajärvi, and are in the middle of culture, art, history and verdant Pentinkulma. Back then I didn’t know I moved so close to my roots: about 200 years ago my mother’s father’s family was born here and lived just few kilometres away. Urjala is part of the history of culture and manufacturing of Europe, and we will happily tell that story to Tampere and to the whole continent of ours.
And since we have time to organise some things, maybe year 2026, when we have the tile of the capital of culture, a bus or a train ride could be organised from the philharmonics concert from Tampere to Urjala in the evenings?
Tero-Pekka Henell is a composer, producer and a couch in the culture school of Hanhisuo of Urjala.