TRNC to celebrate birthday with spectacular events
AIR shows, parades, and Ottoman band street concerts will be among activities this week to celebrate the TRNC’s birthday.
The 35th anniversary of the republic, which was proclaimed on November 15, 1983, will also be a national holiday, meaning public offices and banks will be closed for the day.
Cyprus Today was given a sneak preview of the draft anniversary programme, set to be finalised on Monday or Tuesday.
A highlight of the annual “birthday party” will be when the Solo Türk F-16 jet roars through the skies above Girne’s yacht harbour and seafront promenade in an aerobatic display set to take place from 3.30pm to 4pm on Thursday.
The town will also host an eve-of-anniversary Ottoman band (mehteran) concert at the Atatürk monument on Wednesday at 3pm, while Turkish warships and a submarine will also anchor off Girne. They may be open to the public to visit, but no confirmation was available yesterday.
According to the programme so far, the celebrations begin on Wednesday with an address by President Mustafa Akıncı on state television at noon and a 21gun salute in Lefkoşa, followed by ceremonies at the graves of former leader Dr Fazıl Küçük and founding TRNC President Rauf Denktaş.
Celebrations continue on Thursday, when the doors of the Presidency will be opened for a Republic Day reception from 9am, followed by a 9.30am wreath-laying ceremony at the Atatürk monument near Girne Gate in Lefkoşa.
Solo Türk is due to perform its first flypast during the 10am main parade on the capital’s Dr Fazıl Küçük Bulvarı — the ceremony expected to be attended by a high-level official from Turkey, who has yet to be named.
The Ottoman band will perform at 2.30pm on Thursday on İsmet İnönü Bulvarı in Gazimağusa, outside the town’s Lemar store.
The main Lefkoşa-Gazimağusa road will be closed tomorrow from 9am, between the Gönyeli roundabout and the Alpet petrol station for parade rehearsals, and similarly Gazimağusa’s Fazıl Polat Paşa Bulvarı from 8am on Tuesday. The roads will be closed for the parades on Thursday, but no precise timings had been released yesterday.