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British servicemen who lost their lives in Cyprus to be remembered


POPPY wreathes will be laid at the memorial for British servicemen who died during the “Cyprus Emergency” from 1955 to 1959 at a Remembranc­e Day service tomorrow.

The ceremony, organised by the Royal British Legion (RBL) Kyrenia Branch, will take place at the British Cemetery in Girne at 12.30pm.

A total of 36 wreathes will be laid, including one by President Ersin Tatar “for all Cypriots who died in the service of the Crown”. It will be the second year running that Mr Tatar has laid a wreath at the ceremony.

Brigadier Graham Kerr OBE will lay a wreath on behalf of King Charles. Wreathes will also be laid on behalf of The Cyprus Regiment, the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army, the Royal Air Force, the RBL Kyrenia Branch, Families of the Fallen, and the Cyprus Turkish Veterans, among others.

No-one from the British High Commission in Cyprus has been invited to attend. Les Evans, of the RBL Kyrenia Branch, explained that the British High Commission­er “always attends the UN ceremony at Waynes Keep and it clashes with ours”.

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