By Margaret Sheard ….. 

On Saturday 22nd April, at I Belli Restaurant, Girne, the Mayor of Girne, Nidai Güngördü, officially opened the exhibition of Richard Chamberlain’s photographs which were taken during his national service army days in Cyprus in 1954/55.

At the opening, the Mayor was presented with a lovely framed picture of Kyrenia Harbour and he walked around looking at the photographs with Richard explaining when and where they were taken.  There are many photographs of Famagusta, where Richard was stationed, and the surrounding areas and also Kyrenia and other areas of Cyprus taken when Richard and his brother has some time to tour around the island.   It is a wonderful collection showing everyday life in Cyprus way back in 1954/55.

For those who haven’t seen these photographs and are interested in the history of Cyprus, it is well worth a visit.  Maybe a trip down memory lane for some and a chance to learn how Cyprus was, for others.

The exhibition will be open from Monday 24th April to Saturday 29th April from 3pm till late.    I Belli Restaurant has a very large function room at the rear of the restaurant area and this has been made available for Richard to display his many photographs.   There is plenty of private parking, with a large car park at the side of the I Belli Restaurant.

Richard has published 2 books, one of his original black and white photographs “Cyprus scenes and Way of Life in Cyprus 1954” which was followed by a second book, also showing the photographs with a colour photo of the same scene in comparison  – “Cyprus Scenes and Way of Life in 1954/55 and sixty years later in 2014”.  The 2 books have been reprinted and are also available at the exhibition.

If you require any further information you can call Richard on 0533 859 7663 or email Chamberlain958@btinternet.com