LGR launched a Radiothon “Greece Disaster Fund” this month with the participation of other community media, to help collect funds as part of efforts to help Greece deal with the after-effects of last month’s devastating fires.

The Greek/Cypriot community rallied to help in wake of the deadly blaze, as it responded to a 12-hour fundraising appeal on 6th August, urging listeners to donate generously to the worthy cause.

The informative and entertaining Radiothon was hosted by LGR presenters with several guests featured.

LGR General Manager, John Kyriakides, said, “Everyone at LGR sympathised with fellow-Greeks and their suffering at this difficult time and we wanted to do something to help.”

The presenters echoed what the General Manager said in doing whatever they could to support the victims, through London Greek Radio’s modest efforts.

The rotating ‘on-air’ studio team comprised of Sofia Tsoulaki, Vasoula Christodoulou, Vasilis Panayi, Pierre Petrou, Tony Neophytou, Katerina Barotsaki and Chris Theoharous.

A steady flow of visitors had responded well to the appeal, throughout the day including; Christos Karaolis, the President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK; the new Deputy High Commissioner of the Cyprus Republic, Nicholas Manolis; His Eminence Archbishop Grigorios, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira & Great Britain; the first UK Cypriot Parliamentarian, Bambos Charalambous, MP for Southgate-Enfield; the General Secretary of AKEL and Managing Director of Parikiaki Newspaper, Bambos Charalambous; and the man in charge of Hellenic TV, Chris Fellas.

British-Cypriot songwriter and producer John Themis and Vangelis Polydorou, a finalist of The Voice UK 2016, both urged aid assistance to help the survivors rebuild their lives, following the national tragedy.

The talented singers within our community also added their voice to the cause with Giorgos Gerasimos, Elizabeth Chapman and Roger Grech solidly boosting the Radiothon, as they joined the three-hour Drive Time show, again demonstrating that it’s the collective community initiative that works.

All the money you donate will go towards those in need and affected by this tragedy.

Everyone at LGR thanks you for your tremendous support and help.

Those wishing to support London Greek Radio’s response to the Attica wildfires can do so with a donation at the Bank of Cyprus UK “Greece Disaster Fund”.

Bank of Cyprus UK
Account No: 22912211
Sort Code: 40 63 77
Reference: Greece Disaster Fund

Donations can be made as follows:-
>By cash or cheque at Bank of Cyprus UK, Southgate branch;
>Online using your Bank of Cyprus UK Online Banking;
>Online using internet banking with another bank.

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Andreas Kapetanios, the former goalkeeper for Orfeas Nicosia FC, has died suddenly in Larnaca at the age of 79.

He was the main goalkeeper for Orfeas FC between 1959 and 1963; it’s most successful-ever period in the club’s history.

Born in Myrtou in 1939, a young Andreas grew up to become one of Cyprus’ leading goalkeepers and a massive credit to Orfeas FC, who have never returned to the Cypriot First Division since Andreas left them in 1963.

His distinguished and captivating appearances, spectacularly saving goals during his time at the club have seldom been replicated in Cypriot football.

At the end of the 1962-63 season, Andreas joined Pezoporikos Larnaca FC, where he stayed from 1963 to 1968, continuing to impress spectators and football pundits with his goalkeeping abilities.

After retiring from professional football, Mr Kapetanios moved to England at the age of 29, where he started a new life getting married and raising a family in north London.

Andreas was a hard-working Senior Bodyshop Technician repairing vehicles for twenty-five years in London before semi-retiring back to his beloved Cyprus in 1993. He continued to repair cars, as well as closely watching football developments in Cyprus and the UK.

In 1996, he suffered a heart attack and was flown back to England, where he underwent a quadruple heart-bypass at Harefield Hospital in London.

For the last twenty-five years, Andreas lived in Larnaca, however, his love of football never stopped and he continued to enjoy the Cypriot league, as well as the UK’s Premiership, having been a West Ham United supporter during his time in England.

In later years, Mr Kapetanios enjoyed travelling between Cyprus and England visiting his adult-children and grandchildren.

Andrew Kapetanios died peacefully in his sleep on the feast day of the Assumption of The Panayia, (Holy Virgin Mary), on Wednesday, 15th August.

He was 79 years old and his survived legacy includes his wife, two adult children, two grandchildren, and his extended family.

He will be laid to rest on Saturday, 18th August at 12 o’clock, at St George’s Church, Pentelis Street, Larnaca, Cyprus.

LGR extends its sincere condolences to Andreas Kapetanios’ family including our very own Pierre Petrou, one of Andreas’ nephews.

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Greek Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos or the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God on August 15th or Dekapentavgoustos each year.

It is a national and religious holiday in Greece and Cyprus and the Greek/Cypriot community in the UK, with attending Church liturgy. That marks the “falling asleep,” repose or kimisis of the Virgin Mary, mother of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Feast also commemorates the Assumption of the body of the Theotokos into heaven.

The Greek Orthodox believe the doctrine of the Assumption, which teaches that at the end of her life, Mary, the mother of Christ, was taken body and soul (i.e. both physically and spiritually) into heaven to live with her son Jesus Christ, forever.

His Eminence Archbishop Grigorios the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira & Great Britain is expected to be at St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, in Trinity Road, Wood Green, this Wednesday morning’s liturgy. The service/liturgy starts at 9 am.

Thank you to Fr Joseph Paliouras from The 12 Apostles, Greek Orthodox Church, Hertfordshire, for this beautiful picture, 15th August 2018.

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Forty-four years ago to this day the Turkish military launched its second offensive against the Republic of Cyprus, in full violation of international law, including the UN Charter, despite the ceasefire that had been agreed.

The Turkish army invaded Cyprus on July 20, 1974, and launched the second phase of the invasion on August 14 of the same year, occupying the best part of Mesaoria, Famagusta, Karpasia and Morphou.

Christos Karaolis, the President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK on Sunday gave a speech at St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Wightman Road. As the London Cypriot community comes together, with events like these, honouring the tragic chapter of Cypriot history.

He was formally invited to AKEL in Britain annual memorial service condemning the EOKA B Junta attempt to overthrow the Cyprus Government and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and in memory of those who lost their lives during this period.

The Turkish side continues to disregard calls by the international community relating to Cyprus and continues to hold the city of Famagusta hostage of its illegal military occupation. Dubbed a “ghost town”, Famagusta’s fenced off section – called Varosi – remains to this day deserted, abandoned to the elements.

Turkish troops invaded Cyprus on July 20, 1974, five days after the legal government of the late Archbishop Makarios III was toppled by a military coup, engineered by the military junta then ruling Greece. Two unproductive conferences in Geneva followed; the first between Britain, Greece and Turkey and the second with the additional attendance of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot representatives. Three weeks after the ceasefire of July 22, and despite the fact that talks were still being held and just as an agreement seemed about to be reached, the Turkish army mounted a second full-scale offensive. As a result, Turkey increased its hold to include the booming tourist resort of Famagusta in the east and the rich citrus-growing area of Morphou in the west.

All in all, almost 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus came under Turkish military occupation. Nearly one-third of the population, some 200,000 Greek Cypriots, were forcibly uprooted from their homes and properties, thousands were killed during the hostilities, over 1,000 persons were listed as missing while thousands of Greek Cypriots and Maronites remained enclaved.

Numerous UN resolutions have demanded respect to the independence, unity and territorial integrity of Cyprus, the return of the displaced to their homes, and the withdrawal of foreign troops from the island, but all resolutions have been ignored by Turkey.

The latest effort to reach a Cyprus settlement was concluded last summer in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana without result. Cyprus since then, President Nicos Anastasiades repeatedly said that he is ready to return to the negotiating table if Turkey accepts the termination of guarantees and intervention rights and is ready to withdraw its troops from the island.

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Peter Christianson, the founder and owner of “Greek City” has died. He was 76 years old.

Peter was extremely well-known across London’s Greek community; he sadly passed away at 2.30 am on Thursday morning, 9th August at Barnet General Hospital, after battling lung cancer for almost a year and a half.

Despite his struggle, he continued to spend as much time as he could in his shop in Myddleton Road, Wood Green, strongly advocating and supporting Greek Cypriot talent, even to his last breath.

The legendary founder of ‘Greek City’ in London managed his business originally-based in Green Lanes, Haringey in the 1980’s. He later relocated to Palmers Green, followed by South London. Until his deteriorating health, he was still seen recently at his premises in Myddleton Road, Wood Green. This was where locals and many from London’s wider Greek-Cypriot community would regularly stop for a chat and a coffee. Peter felt strongly about providing a service to the Cypriot community, well before the age of social media, the internet and DVDs.

Long-time friend Olympia Toumazides-Theodorou said, “…the community have been his family for 43 years, he lived and breathed Greek City”.

Peter was the first to bring Greek films and music videos to the UK and make them available on video and DVD. He was one of the first to promote and manage Greek bands and was known as ‘Mr Entertainment’ after staging a string of successful concerts in the UK, including one with Yiannis Parios and Haris Alexiou at the Royal Albert Hall. He sold concert tickets to ensure that events would be accessible to as many people as possible, even embracing online retail, complementing the interpersonal shine Peter and Olympia always had a reputation for.

Peter was the manager/agent of a whole host of singers/bands/musicians and well-known to be completely supportive of young Greek/Cypriot organic talent within our community.

LGR presenter Tony Neophytou said, “I’ve been to numerous events and seen first-hand, Peter inspiring artists to really believe in their stage-skills and personality; From the Chapman Brothers and Valentino Antos to the Grecian Kings and Tony Panayi, to name but a few. It’s inspiring, a trait to motivate others, something we should all do.”

Mr Christianson co-presented a music show on LGR with his side-kick Olympia, for a number of years. His sometimes cheeky sense of humour and natural radio chemistry appealed to listeners.

He was last heard on LGR two months ago on 6th June, which featured entertainer Bambas Shaouna; the comedy-act which appeared on ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Bambas was under Peter’s tutorage in the 1970’s and their enduring friendship for almost 50 years is all the more poignant in the context of Peter gaining his wings.

The fellow band-mates performed as the Aphrodite and Grecian Kings band in 1974; with Aphrodite being Peter’s deceased wife. In a rather lovely story, Peter explained how his “gift-of-the-gab” convinced Granada TV bosses into giving them a five-minute slot on ‘The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club’; one of the biggest TV shows of the time.

Peter always had that sparkle in his eye, happily announcing, “LGR – it’s our only radio station.”

He was born 26th December 1941 in the village of Lythrodondas and was educated at the English School in Nicosia.

Peter’s final request was to be laid to rest beside his parents in Lythrodondas. However, a very unique and special service for Peter will be held in London. These details will be made available once confirmed.

Peter, your memory will live forever in the history of the Cypriot community, along with your legacy and inspiration, which leaves an endemic mark on so many lives.

The staff and management of London Greek Radio share in the community’s grief at this sad time and we express our deep and sincere condolences to all of Peter’s family, friends and relations.

Peter Christianson 1941-2018

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