By Margaret Sheard ….
The day dawned sunny and bright, both in North Cyprus and the UK, for the wedding of the year of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
We understand that over 100,000 people turned out in Windsor for the event and it was so nice to find that here in North Cyprus there were many bars and restaurants which also decided to celebrate the royal occasion and many people attended to watch the ceremony with friends.
So on the 19th May, we joined Tim at the new Tim’s Cafe/Bar in Ozankoy which was decked out with flags and bunting and many people were wearing red/white and blue. Due to the extra large number of people, Tim had chosen to provide a typically British menu of Pie/Mash/Peas or Sausage/Mash/Peas with onion gravy or mint sauce and also the option of salad. The staff were pretty well run off their feet for a few hours but did marvellously well.
We chose to sit outside under the shade of umbrellas as it was an extremely hot day by the time the wedding started, so we didn’t get a lot of chance to see it on the TV in the packed inside dining room. I knew it would be repeated on TV for the rest of the day so decided I would catch up with the events later when I was at home.
Everyone was in a very happy mood, eating, drinking, chatting and having a quick look at the TV screen to follow the ceremony. The day was to be quite a long one with Rachel Saunby, singing in her lovely relaxed way and this was to be followed by more music from Brian Delaney later in the early evening. Although we did not stay very late, we understand that it was about 10.30pm before the day finished.
This was a nice way for the expats to feel a little bit involved in an event in the homeland, and thanks must be given to Tim and his staff for all the work they did to make this occasion special.