KKT North Cyprus News              Issue no. 48                                                                Thu 10th Jul 2014 

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Remembering One Hundred Years later - R.B.L. commemorates centenary of World War 1

Branch Chairman of the Royal British Legion announces plans for the commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War. Most branches of the Royal British Legion in the United Kingdom will be celebrating on the 4th August which is exactly one hundred years to the day that Great Britain officially entered this War, and following the exhortation of the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Reverend Trevor Willmott,  a church service will be held at St.Andrew's Church and conducted by the resident Chaplain, Rev Wendy Hough. 

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The exhortation by the Bishop is "We are encouraging all parishes to welcome people into their churches on the 4th August to come together and pray and reflect on the war." " During the service there will be a moment of reflection in line with other RBL branches globally, by participating in the "Lights Out - One million candles to remember campaign." with one single lit candle remembering the words spoken by Sir Edward Grey, the Foreign Secretary at the time, when he said  "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”. 


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The service will commence at 10.30a.m. and last for one hour, followed by coffee in the church hall until noon.  Major Brian Thomas, the Branch Chairman advises that The Ship Inn at Karaoglanoglu will provide a two course lunch from 12.30p.m. which will be followed by a talk by Colonel John Hughes-Wilson based on his latest book "The Imperial War Museum's History of the First World War."

Major Brian Thomas
Major Brian Thomas

Anyone wishing to attend (members or non members)  the lunch which costs 35tl is asked to book through the Branch Secretary, Anne Lloyd by 30th July at the very latest, who can be reached on 0533 841 8306.

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Major Thomas was delighted to report that The Kyrenia RBL is now the largest branch in Cyprus with three hundred and thirty members, a statistic of which he announces with pride.  "We are followed by Larnaca with 150 members, Limassol with 135 members and the newly opened Paphos Branch with 18 members. So clearly the RBL are well represented across the whole length of the island.”

The next Branch function is the monthly quiz night to be held at the Deniz Kizi Hotel beach bar in Alsancak at 7pm on Monday 14 July. It is also announced that due to a lack of support the monthly quiz nights at the Courtyard Inn in Karakum have been cancelled.

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The Dawn Vigil is in its 5th year on 20th July. - The hope is that many will attend and that a pre clean up will be supported.
by Marion Stuart

The 20th July this year will be a very special date and with many remembrances around the north of the island some forty years on from 1974 when Turkish troops came to the island bringing an end to the struggles and killings, since when no answers on reconciliation have been found.

Current talks between leaders are being continued in the hopes that this year will see an answer, and as part of  the hopes for reconciliation and an answer to the problem, for the fifth year running there is to be a Dawn Vigil at Escape Beach (the landing beach in the year of 1974)

The event will follow a pattern similar to former years  as on the night of the 19th July people will gather  , and there will be a concert in the car park of the restaurant, after which people will descend to the beach with torches, waiting on the beach. There will be the sound of the 'ney' to symbolise the wait of the Turkish Cypriots and a time to reflect of all that has happened to date - remembering the fallen and the martyrs and the many who suffered in  the conflict.

At dawn the veterans from the 1974 landing will arrive (the organizers state that there will be a surprise element to all this as well), following which the Imams will make the call to prayer and the fireworks display will begin.

As this year it is Ramadan and many will be fasting, it is hoped that the Army will be providing food, as they did last year.

There is a plea from the organizers concerning drink, for they recognise that some people may well wish to take the opportunity to go to the beach and drink.  However it is hoped that this will not happen and that all will regard this event with respect for both the time of Ramadan and that it is a time for reflection.

Before all this happens there is a plea for help. Anyone and everyone who is free to give a little of their time on the evening of July 17th commencing at 4.15p.m. at Escape Beach, is asked to go to help the clean up campaign which precedes the Vigil. No matter how little time one has, it will be appreciated, and anyone happy to help is asked to contact Hatice Kerimgil on 0533 866 6169.

Fuller details of this event will be announced next week, but it is hoped that this will be regarded as something important at this time of the negotiations and history of the North of Cyprus.

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