Category Archive: Heritage

Another visit to the Cyprus Memorial Rock at the National Memorial Arboretum

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By Margaret Sheard….. We had originally planned to visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, UK when we were to visit the UK in November for a wedding, however, due to unforeseen circumstances… Continue reading

Skala – Larnaka’s Turkish Cypriot quarter

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Living near Iskele you become very aware of the town’s close links with Larnaka. There is a monument to Turkish Cypriots from there who died in inter-communal clashes, the town’s football team is… Continue reading

Cyprusscene reader asks about Ozanköy church

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By Chris Elliott……..   Our reader Susan Gilbert asks: “I live in Ozanköy. There is a small Greek church next to the Ozanköy Sport Club…is there a source of information about this church… Continue reading

Cyprus Rock Memorial at NMA : Looking back at its long journey

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Intro by Margaret Sheard….. Over the past year I have followed and written about the journey of the Cyprus Memorial Rock to its final resting place at The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire,… Continue reading

Suffolk Regiment in Cyprus Fingers the Goat update

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By Margaret Sheard…… Having written previously about the Suffolk Regiment in Cyprus and the story of Fingers the Goat, I was thrilled to receive some more photographs of Fingers which became the Mascot… Continue reading

Cyprus memories of ex-serviceman Brian Taylor, Welch Regiment

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By Margaret Sheard….. Having written many articles in conjunction with UK ex-servicemen who came to Cyprus in the 1950’s for their National Service, 2 of which were about another member of the Welch… Continue reading

Famagusta Port – From glory to disgrace

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By Steven Roberts……. A group of Turkish Cypriot active citizens formed the Famagusta Initiative back in 2013. Their objectives were to return the fenced off Maras/Varosha area of the town to its legal… Continue reading

The Historic Institution of Marriage, and its origins

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By Ismail Veli……. The relationship of humans is the most natural of things. We love, we hate, fight and make up but regardless of who and where we are from every human has… Continue reading

Reprieve for Kyrenia coastline

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By Steven Roberts……. I came across this interesting article on the Cyprus Weekly website which highlights the threat to the North Cyprus coastline by continued building of high rise buildings which are receiving… Continue reading

Frozen Cypriots get together at Buyuk Han, Lefkosa

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In Town Tonight, The Frozen Cypriots. All the way from Melbourne in Australia have come Eren and Sermen Erdogan who have returned to their homeland after 45 years or more to visit friends… Continue reading

Concerts without Borders “Music fit for a Queen” Review

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Intro by Margaret Sheard….. Unfortunately we were unable to attend this wonderful concert as we were away in the UK. However, having visited CVAR with Demetra Mustafaoglu some months ago and written a promotional… Continue reading

Frozen Cypriots,. My mum at Shakespeare School with Necmi Sagıp Bodamyalızade

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By Sermen Erdogan……… One of the earliest photos of my mother was her primary school photo with a caption “Shakespeare School 1936” that always intrigued me.  Mum was seven years old when she… Continue reading

Cyprus Memorial Rock unveiling Sunday 21st August 2016

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By Margaret Sheard……. Chris and I had intended to visit the National Memorial Arboretum to see the Cyprus Rock Memorial in November when we have a planned visit to the UK, however it… Continue reading

Erenkoy Commemoration 52 years and the Truth

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By Steven Roberts…….. I first found out about Erenköy (Kokkina in Greek) and the fierce battle that raged in this otherwise sleepy north west corner of the island in the ‘Rough Guide to… Continue reading

Erenkoy will always be remembered

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By Chris Elliott…….. Today is a day for remembering the heroes who with their backs to the sea, stood alone against overwhelming odds. This place, Erenköy, is a small enclave outside the TRNC to… Continue reading

Minden Day at Bury St Edmunds, July 31st 2016.

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  By Derek Chilvers….. Suffolk Regiment in Cyprus 1958/59…… As I left my home for the drive to Bury St Edmunds for the annual Minden Day celebration, I was very glad to see… Continue reading

UK National Memorial Arboretum : Cyprus Memorial Rock Update 4

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By Margaret Sheard….. The unveiling of the Cyprus Memorial Rock at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire UK, is drawing closer and 21st August will see a very large gathering of ex-servicemen… Continue reading

Concerts Without Borders At The Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR), Nicosia

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Concerts Without Borders  “Music Fit for a Queen” By Chris Elliott……. Time seems to fly by when you are having fun they say and that reminds me of when Margaret and I went… Continue reading