A weekend of Britishness served with a Cypriot twist! Yesterday we were invited to a firework party at the house of some British friends. WOW! What a fabulous place. They have not long moved in having designed it from scratch and we were absolutely blown away. Set into the hill in Lapta, we had a view from their truly massive terrace down to the Lapta fireworks/bonfire party just behind the Chateau Lambousa hotel. It was great to be able to watch it in comfort with friends. The fireworks were a very good display. Went on for about 20 minutes. After the display we had dinner and much chat. A lovely evening.
Today was Remembrance Sunday and we went to the ceremony at the British Cemetery in Kyrenia. The police closed off the entire main road near the cemetery and there were rows of seats in front of the gates. The cemetery contains a large memorial to all of the service men and women who have died since the troubles began in 1955. There were quite a few hundred people in attendance including servicemen and their families who had flown in from Britain. The service was lead by the Bishop of Cyprus and the Middle East and the Vicar of Kyrenia. Forty wreaths were laid by many regiments, air, sea and land, police, intelligence services. There were some very interesting and moving commentaries.
After the ceremony about 200 people went to a special lunch organised by the British Legion at the Ship Inn. It was a 3 course lunch followed by raffles, speeches and a WW2 era singalong. We didn't get home till nearly 6pm, having been out all day. The weather here was brilliant. If you are in Cyprus for Remembrance Sunday, I would very much encourage you to come along and join in the service and ceremony.