TRNC to cel­e­brate birth­day with spec­tac­u­lar events

Cyprus Today - - NEWS - By KEREM HASAN Chief Re­porter

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.

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