A nurse, who spent what should have been her wedding day, socially distanced from her intended groom, treating Covid-19 patients on the front line, has finally tied the knot after her wedding was postponed for two years.
Instead of walking down the aisle, Olivia Hall, spent the day working at University College Hospital but finally got hitched earlier this month to Alex Violaris, nephew of one of LGRs veteran presenters, Soulla Violaris.
Olivia and Alex officially celebrated the wedding of their dreams, after the pandemic complications postponed their big day, and took their vows in Greek Orthodox fashion on 6th May this year.
The wedding took place at The Twelve Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Hatfield, with an extravagant country-manor reception at Orsett Hall in Essex.
In an exclusive interview to London Greek Radio, the couple said, “We’re really happy that after two years, (727 days to be exact), we finally got married at the fourth attempt.”
Two years ago, LGR had reported that on the original date of the wedding, instead of Olivia wearing her wedding dress and walking down the aisle, she had to wear her nurse uniform and PPE working in A&E, helping those with Covid.
The story was subsequently covered by the Evening Standard, the Parikiaki newspaper and the BBC news.
Olivia and Alex told LGR that the whole occasion finally proved to be a lovely family affair as the wedding day went without any issues. The pair revealed to London Greek Radio that they had even hired a surprise act for their guests, which was a well-protected secret.
They told LGR, “The entertainment was provided by The Function Band with surprise guest, Stavros Flatley! We had to keep it a secret for two years. We had friends and family attend from all over the UK, Cyprus and Australia to celebrate with us, which helped make it the perfect day!”
London Greek Radio wish Olivia and Alex a very happy future together.
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It is with deep regret and great sadness that LGR has learnt of the death of Father Andreas Hadjisavvis on Friday 15th October 2021. He was 69 years old.
For forty years, Father Andreas self-sacrificially served his congregations, being incessantly on the side of all those who needed the help and support of a priest in every circumstance of their lives.
Thousands of Orthodox faithful in North London were baptised, married, buried and received Holy Communion from his hands.
Father Andreas was born in 1952 in Nicosia. His parents were from Akanthou and moved to London in 1960, living in Chalk Farm.
The young Andreas attended All Saints Primary School, followed by Haverstock Secondary School.
He subsequently attended Hull University where he studied Economics.
Whilst at University, he was invited to meet the Queen – Elizabeth II, and on another occasion, Father Andreas was one of ten students from the UK to have dinner with the Queen Mother at Clarence House.
Pater Andreas served as a priest at St Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church in Edmonton for two years before moving to the Greek Orthodox Church of St Cosmas and St Damian in Gospel Oak.
Eventually, he moved to what became known as “his second home” – the Greek Orthodox Church of St John the Baptist in Wightman Road, Haringey where he served for over 30 years.
At that time, Father Andreas was also involved in the Anglo Akanthou Association and one of his proudest moments is when he helped organise one of their dinner and dances at the Piccadilly Hotel, where Tottenham Hotspur players attended with the FA Cup immediately after their FA Cup Final win over Manchester City in 1981.
He was also involved in raising money for North Middlesex Hospital, which helped pay for heart monitors.
Father Andreas was also one of the first to help raise money for Children in Need.
He is survived by his wife Maria, four children – two sons and two daughters and five Grandchildren, along with lots of friends and relatives.
LGR understands that Father Andreas Hadjisavvis will lie in state at St John the Baptist Church, Wightman Road, on Friday, 22nd October from 10.00am to 9.00pm.
At 6.00pm, His Grace, Bishop Iakovos of Claudiopolis will officiate the Trisagion Service for the repose of the soul of Father Andreas.
The funeral will take place on Saturday, 23rd October at St. John the Baptist Church in Wightman Road.
His Grace, Bishop Iakovos of Claudiopolis will officiate the Orthros and the Divine Liturgy from 7.30-9.30am.
At 10.00am, His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain will preside over the funeral service.
The burial will take place at New Southgate Cemetery at 2.00pm.
In place of wreaths, the family kindly asks for donations to be given to Moorfields Eye Hospital, the North London Hospice and the Parish-Community of St John the Baptist.
A Book of Condolence has been placed at the entrance of St John the Baptist Church.
Everyone at LGR is deeply saddened to learn of Father Andreas’ passing – may his memory be eternal.
Article written by Viron Karidis
London Greek Radio announces the brand-new London Greek Radio app which is available free via the App Store for iOS and google play for your android device.
The app is fully interactive, works alongside the LGR website. You can now call, text, email, send your dedication and much more via the app.
The app even allows you to set an alarm to wake up to LGR…!
London Greek Radio – The one-stop, fully interactive app with news, social media, website, phone, email and text!
LGR – Listen now worldwide!
On 103.3 FM in London, on DAB+ Digital Radio in Birmingham, London, & Manchester, online at lgr.co.uk, on your mobile via the new and improved App, and on your Smart Speaker.
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On July 20, 1974 at 5:30am, Turkish troops landed on the Republic of Cyprus’ coast five miles off Kyrenia. Since that day, nothing on the island has ever been the same.
Every year since, on the anniversary of the invasion, sirens have blared out over the Republic, recalling the moment Turkish troops invaded.
In 1974, approximately 40,000 Turkish troops under the command of Lieutenant Nurettin Ersin implemented their invasion plan, code-named ‘Attila’, illegally invading the island in violation of the UN Security Council Charter.
Turkey still illegally occupies 37 per cent of Cyprus’ territory.
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.
47 years on from the most tragic page in the Republic of Cyprus’ history, at 5:30am the war sirens rang around the island once more.
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Along with the Royal Family and the world, everyone at London Greek Radio, (LGR), mourns the loss of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, former Prince of Greece & Denmark.
Prince Philip – the Duke of Edinburgh – died at the age of 99 on 9th April 2021.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Tributes have been pouring in from around the world.
The President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, said via Twitter, “It is with great sadness that I received the news of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a close friend of Cyprus. My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen, the @RoyalFamily and the people of the UK for their loss.”
Greece’s President, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, tweeted, “The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who was born in Corfu, served his country with devotion for many decades. I extend my warm condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the members of the @RoyalFamily and the British people.”
Archbishop Nikitas of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain also expressed their condolences, sorrow and mourning to Her Majesty and the United Kingdom. The Archdiocese has directed its Christ-loving clergy and laity to pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip and His Eminence has announced a three-day state of official mourning in parishes of the Archdiocese, as a sign of respect.
Prince Philip of Greece was born on 10th June 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu. His birth certificate shows the date as 28th May 1921, as Greece had not then adopted the Gregorian calendar.
His father was Prince Andrew of Greece, a younger son of King George I of the Hellenes. His mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was the eldest child of Prince Louis of Battenberg and sister of Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
Even though Philip was born into the Greek aristocracy, (he was the grandson of the country’s King George I), his childhood was a far cry from the opulence of the usual royal upbringing.
The king himself was shot dead in 1913 by a crazed anarchist with a loathing for the establishment. A proper political motive for the killing was ruled out at the time, with the assassin dismissed as just an intoxicated vagrant. Philip’s uncle took the crown as Constantine I, but his rule was to prove shockingly turbulent.
In 1922, Constantine I was forced from the throne by a military uprising, and the entire royal family came under threat. They were forced into exile on a British boat, with the infant Philip transported in an orange box. They went to France, beginning a life of travelling and uncertainty for the boy.
Prince Philip married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 in front of 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey.
In 2017, Prince Philip and the Queen became the first British monarch and consort to reach their 70th wedding anniversary.
Together they had four children, eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
LGR understands that Prince Philip will lie at rest in Windsor Castle in line with his wishes following his funeral, which will be at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Following a number of health scares in recent years, it is thought Prince Philip has had a lot of say in his funeral.
According to reports, Prince Philip wished for only family, friends and heads of state from Commonwealth countries to attend the funeral.
The College of Arms has confirmed that the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will not be a state funeral and the public has been asked not to attempt to attend any of the funeral events due to the pandemic.
London Greek Radio (LGR) is deeply saddened on learning of this news and we join the Royal Family in mourning the loss of HRH, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
1921 – 2021. May he rest in peace.
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The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK encourages British Cypriots to classify ethnically as “Cypriot” in Census.
The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK has called on Cypriot communities to complete the online survey sent by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) by Sunday 21st March, or shortly after.
Federation President, Christos Karaolis, said “We want to use this opportunity to make sure that our Cypriot diaspora is counted, so that Governments and Councils take us into consideration in their decision-making.”
The Federation is therefore urging UK Cypriots to make sure they write-in “Cypriot” in the question about ethnicity / background. This can be done by selecting “Other ethnic group or background” and then typing in “Cypriot” in the space provided.
It is ONS policy never to share personal details and no-one, including government bodies, will be able to identify you in census statistics. Personal census records will be kept secure for 100 years, and only then can future generations view it.
This census will be the first to be run mostly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code in March, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.
Paper questionnaires will also be available on request, along with language support via the free phone contact centre. It is also possible to complete the census over the phone with help from trained staff.
The ONS aims to provide in-person support to complete the census online through Census Support Centres where it is safe to do so.
The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity, with options to allow everyone to identify their nationality, ethnic group and religion as they wish.
For more information, please visit census.gov.uk
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Everyone at LGR was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Neophytos Nicolaou on Sunday 21st February 2021. He was 74.
Neophytos was battling with Coronavirus at the University College Hospital in London after being transferred from the North London Middlesex Hospital. He had been initially admitted on 9th January and transferred to the UCH on 16th January.
We understand that Neophytos’ wife Evoulla also contracted Covid-19 and was also taken to North Middlesex Hospital. She has since recovered and has returned home.
Neophytos Nicolaou was the former General Manager of the newspaper Parikiaki and one of the main organisers of the annual Cypriot Wine Festival.
He leaves behind his wife Evoulla, daughter Egli and son Alex. His daughter Maria died five years ago at the age of 46.
He also leaves six grandchildren: Jimmy, Stephanie, Leo, Zoe, Evie and Chris, and three sisters: Maro, Savoulla and Lalla who live in Cyprus.
Neophytos was born in Erimi, Cyprus on 11th December 1946 to Nikola and Egli and was part of a family of nine. His siblings were three brothers, Alexandros, Antonaki and Koko, and three sisters, Maroulla, Savoulla and Lalla.
He attended Lanition Gymnasium in Limassol and came to the UK in May 1963 at the age of 16. He first lived in Kentish Town and studied at Pitmans College.
His wife, Evoulla was from Limassol and they got married on 17th August 1969, living in Palmers Green.
He worked in the rag trade for several years and later became General Manager of Parikiaki. In addition, Neophytos was the Organising Secretary for AKEL in Britain and was General Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK.
In his later years, Neophytos was instrumental in raising thousands of pounds for charity, notably Radiomarathon, where he was made a Trustee. He last visited LGR just weeks beforehand, over the Christmas period and briefly spoke with management.
The funeral will take place on 25 March 2021 at St Mary’s Cathedral, (Panayia), Wood Green at 1pm, followed by the burial at Edmonton Cemetery, Church Street at 3pm. Due to current pandemic restrictions, the attendance at the church will be by invitations only.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for donations that will go to organisations / charities that were close to Neophytos heart.
Everyone at LGR extend their condolences to the family and we thank him for his services to our community and to Radiomarathon.
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WE are to sad to announce that Ashley Paxos Robinson died earlier this month on 9th February 2021. He always loved being associated with LGR and supporting it through his Greek White Teeth, and sponsoring social events. As many of you will know he was involved in the community, especially encouraging young talent wherever he could, including visiting local schools. He loved the community and talked about the community all the time. We are sure he will be missed by many. Please remember Ashley Paxos in your prayers.
His funeral will be held on Friday 5th March at 10.00 am, at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip. Unfortunately, because of government restrictions only family will be able to attend. But there will be a webcast. You visit the funeral website, enter a user name and a password.
The website is: obitus.com/
User name: Yogo1947
You can join us live or after three days it will be available to watch for the next 28 days.
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It’s been reported this week that 630 British Cypriots have died in relation to Coronavirus.
The weekly Parikiaki newspaper which has continued to print it’s circulation during the pandemic have been providing regular updates. The latest figures were published as of 11th February 2021, however it is not known whether the deceased have died directly from Coronavirus or whether they had tested positive for the virus, but died of other causes.
The newspaper has contacted hospitals, churches, funeral directors, Turkish Cypriot media and community, plus requests for their weekly death announcements, and confirmed 630 British Cypriots have died, with 9 deaths of UK Cypriots in the past week.
Reportedly, in London alone, at least 9 Cypriot families have lost loved ones to the disease, of which 5 were Greek-Cypriots and 4 Turkish-Cypriots.
This is the lowest recorded weekly figure recorded since almost two months by the London news outlet.
According to Parikiaki’s calculations the deceased are as follows:-
British Greek Cypriots – 311
British Turkish Cypriots – 270
British Maronite Cypriot – 1
[Which includes 12 cases of married couples, 2 cases of two brothers and 2 cases of fathers and sons and 1 of mother and daughter and 4 under 40 year olds.]
All of the above are from the London area with 12 additional Greek-Cypriot deaths and 1 Turkish-Cypriot in Birmingham, 1 in Cambridge, 1 in Cardiff, 2 in Cheltenham, 1 in Colchester, 2 in Coventry, 1 in Derby, 1 in Hemel Hempstead, 1 in Glasgow, 2 in Leeds, 1 in Leicester, 6 Greek-Cypriots and 1 Maronite-Cypriot in Liverpool, 1 in Lowestoft, 1 in Luton, 1 in Maidstone, 1 in Manchester, 1 in Mansfield, 1 in Margate, 1 in Middlesbrough, 1 in Newport, 1 in Northampton, 1 in Suffolk, 1 in Southend, 1 in Wakefield, 3 Greek-Cypriots (from the same family) in Weston-super-Mare.
The figure includes 582 in London and 48 outside London.
With 2,392,293 deaths worldwide, the above total of 630 British Cypriot deaths equates to 0.026% of deaths globally and 0.54% of deaths in the UK.
Cyprus currently has 32,288 cases of positive tests for Coronavirus with 219 deaths and so far, 2,057 have recovered from the disease, (just over 6%).
In Greece, of 170,244 cases, 6,077 people have died and 150,901 have recovered, (just over 88% so far).
Globally, from the 108,702,417 who have tested positive for the disease, 80,699,989 have recovered and 2,392,293 have died. [Just over 74% recovery rate so far and 2.2% spot-on who have died worldwide.]
The 108,702,2992, confirmed worldwide cases represents 1.38% of the world’s population who have been diagnosed with Coronavirus.
London Greek Radio (LGR) expresses our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those who have sadly died during the pandemic and continuing to work with various organisations to help and support our communities at this challenging time.
John Kyriakides, Chairman of LGR said, “The LGR family are working hard to keep listeners informed, entertained and updated during this unprecedented time. I am saddened to hear of so many deaths in our communities.”
Tony Jay, Managing Director for LGR added, “LGR will continue to promote cross-partnership initiatives to help our listeners and communities. Our work to communicate the help that is available is more important than ever because we all have a role to play in fighting this virus.”
Information credited and attributed to Parikiaki newspaper and worldometers.info
Figures correct at time of publication 00:30 on Saturday 13th February 2121.
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LGR were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Kyriacos ‘Koulis’ Kyriacou on 20th January 2021.
Kyriacos, (Koullis) was an avid LGR fan and critique and had a rapport with management and presenters on a regular basis.
He was found dead at his home in Seven Sisters Road, Stoke Newington after a friend attended, concerned that Koullis was not answering any phone calls.
London Ambulance Service and police were called just after 8.00pm on the evening of Wednesday 20th January and had to force entry to the property.
Koullis, originally from Limassol in Cyprus, was found deceased in his bed. It is believed that he last spoke with friends on the day before, and last called LGR on the evening of Monday 18th January.
LGR understands that an initial post-mortem has proved inconclusive and further tests are being carried out, including toxicology. It’s not believed that there are any suspicious circumstances, however, the death has been referred to the North London Coroner.
Koullis, known in England as ‘Kyri’ was 57 years old.
He was born in Limassol on 17th June 1963 to Christakis (Christos) and Eleni, and has two younger brothers, 56-year-old Anastasios, (Tassos) and Panikos, who is 50 years old.
Koullis’ brothers still live in Cyprus. Their mother passed away at the age of 65.
Young Kyriacos had eye problems as a child and came to England in 1997 to have surgery in the hope that his eyesight would improve.
He eventually settled down in Seven Sisters Road and dealt with top quality sound and HiFi equipment. Kyriacos was a humble and religious man who always tried to help others. His faith was strong and he had personally studied music and Hippocratic medicine.
Although a very private man, to those who knew him, he was a very good friend who could be trusted and relied upon.
As an avid listener of LGR, Koullis enjoyed the weekly Holy Liturgy on Sunday mornings and his passion for music meant that he would frequently contact LGR’s presenters with help and advice. As well as enjoying Greek favourites such as Spyros Zagoraios, Rita Sakellariou, Stratos Dionysiou, Giorgos Mazonakis, Stelios Kazantzidis, Theodosia Tsatsou, Mihalis Menidiadis, and rock and Entechna Greek songs, he was also very knowledgeable in English music, enjoying songs by Deep Purple, Whitesnake and many more.
Our condolences to Koullis’ friends and family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
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