By Engin Dervişağa……..
For this week’s Vox Pop programme, I went along with my camera crew to Efendi House Restaurant which is tucked away in the old Turkish quarter of Girne to meet Rachel Saunby who comes from the UK and has been in the TRNC for 6 years.
She started to learn to sing at the age of 5 whilst growing up alongside her older sister and listening to 70’s music with artists like Bread, 10cc, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush.
Rachel first came to North Cyprus in 2004 and fell in love with the island and returning to North Cyprus about 4 or 5 times a year and she would never want to leave, so when she had a chance in 2011 to leave the UK, she got a one way ticket and has been here ever since.
Rachel said “I love the beautiful scenery and the people who are very friendly and I’m trying to learn Turkish too, it’s a very hard language, but as they say over here yavaş yavaş. For me it’s a dream come true to be in the country that I love and doing a job that I love. I never thought I would become a professional singer at my time of life, but it proves anything is possible”. Rachel sings easy listening Jazz, Soul, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s Music.
I also had the opportunity to speak to Howard Radford who was formally a professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper in The Football League for Bristol Rovers for 11 years between 1951 and 1962. He told us about his memories and his experiences.
My interview with Rachel and Howard will be screened on Sunday 26th November at 15.00pm and it will be repeated on Tuesday 28th November at 18.30pm and on Friday 1st December at 20.00pm so do tune in to join me on my show, Vox Pop on BRT2 Television.
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