Entire Paphos coastline wins Gold award for second
Paphos has won a gold as a top Sustainable
Coastal Tourist Destination for 2017, the second consecutive
year it has held the title.
This is the third time
that the entire coastal area including, Yeroskipou, Paphos,
Kissonerga, Chlorakas, Peyia, Polis Chrysochous and Neo
Chorio has achieved a Gold Quality Award Coast status, the
first win was in 2013.
Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, the head
of the Paphos regional board of tourism said: “Following the
recent award of 17 Blue Flags across the district, Paphos
has now been honoured and managed to win the Gold Quality
Award as a Sustainable Coastal Tourism Destination for
beaches in the Paphos district were awarded blue flags this
year; Neo Chorio, Peyia and Yeroskipou.
Hadjigeorgiou said that the achievement has been a concerted
effort of the bodies involved.
The prestigious award
is given out to holiday destinations that best maintain
their local identity, natural and cultural heritage, scenic
beauty, and a clean environment. Quality Coast Awards will
be presented to winning destinations.
distinction has been made possible by the cooperation of all
of the Paphos municipalities and communities of the region,
under the coordination of the Paphos regional board of
tourism who also made the submission made for the region,”
Hadjigeorgiou said that the awards
recognise areas that they are clean and safe with great
The tourism head said that the entire
coastline of Paphos has been recognised as most attractive
for visitors who want to combine holidays with an enjoyment
of nature at a destination with enchanting scenery that
cares for and preserves the quality of the environment and
practices to protect and enhance the local identity and
Quality Coast is the largest
international certification programme for sustainable
The main criteria for the
selection of areas are water cleanliness, biodiversity of
areas, environment, active good environmental behaviour,
such as the saving of natural resources, socio-economic
status, cultural heritage, lack of air pollution, noise
levels, quality of tourism infrastructure, security,
accessibility, easy access to information, and so on.
He said: “We would like to thank the municipalities of
Paphos, Geroskipou, Peyia and Polis Chrysochous, the
community councils of Chlorakas, Kissonerga and Neo Chorio,
as well as PASYXE Paphos, for this well-deserved outcome.”
Diver completes 39 dives in his 93rd year
By Bejay Browne
Woolley is celebrating after completing 39 dives during his
93rd year “39@93”. The 39th dive took place at Latchi in
The hugely likeable nonagenarian, who
celebrates his 94th birthday in August, is one of the
world’s oldest divers, and has previously completed 29 dives
in his 92nd year. The ex-serviceman is an active diver with
the BSAC – British sub aqua club-at RAF Akrotiri.
feel wonderful and I already have something else planned
involving diving for later in the summer, but it’s a secret
at the moment,” he told the Paphos Post.
birthday in September 2013, was celebrated by diving 90ft
-“90 @ 90”- on the sunken Zenobia roll-on-roll off ferry in
Originally from Port Sunlight in Wirral,
Ray now lives in Ayios Tychonas close to Limassol. He was
born in 1923 and first started diving with the Portland and
Weymouth British Sub Aqua Club in 1960.
War II veteran, has completed a number of his dives this
year with Latchi Watersports, covering depths between 10.3
and 37.4 metres. He has also chosen them to help him
complete his 39th dive.
“I love water and I feel
very privileged to be so active and able to dive, and it’s
so surprising but very
Ray served in the Royal Navy
Radio Branch during WWII. He worked on shipping convoys in
1943-44 before a secondment to ‘SBS Special Force 281’ in
the Dodecanese. He was among the first Allied forces to land
on Rhodes as the Germans retreated in May 1945.
After taking up diving in 1960, Ray was posted to Cyprus in
1964 and was a regular diver with BSAC during and attained
further qualifications during three tours. In 1999 he
retired and returned to Cyprus to live permanently after
diving in locations all around the world.
One of his
daughters Lyn was with him when he completed his dive 39th
dive in Latchi.
“It was great to have her there as
she has seen me go off to dive before, but this is the first
time that she came out with me in the boat and see me
actually dive, it made the celebrations even more special”
EU funds allocated for rural
Fourteen rural development projects, along
with the creation of tourism infrastructure in villages
worth €9.4 has been approved, according to the ministry of
The ministry confirmed that the
projects will be carried out in cooperation with the Rural
Development Programme, utilising funds from the European
Forty two applications were submitted and
fourteen projects were approved, based on the allocated
budget, he said.
The projects include a tourist
information centre in Trachypedoula, a regional agricultural
training centre in Paphos, an environmental education centre
in Kilani, a multidisciplinary space in Agros, a tourist
information centre in Moutoulas. In addition, Metochi Kykkou
will be converted into a cultural centre, and other works
will take place in Lefkara, Platanistasa, Kato Drys, Sotira,
Korakou, Spilia and Zygi.
These projects have been
approved for 2014-2020.
The ministry also said that
more funds are available for similar infrastructure projects
in rural communities.
Billy with his bucket list
The Paphos community is rallying round
a terminally ill cancer patient to help him fulfil the
wishes on his ‘bucket list’.
After Billy Hardy’s
list was highlighted in the press, three Paphos companies
came forward and offered their goods and services for free
to help Billy fulfil his wishes and give the cancer patient
a much-needed boost. However, due to extreme fatigue, he may
not be able to complete them all.
Three weeks ago,
doctors gave unsuspecting Hardy, 77, just four months to
live following a scan which found he was suffering from
advanced pancreatic cancer.
In July, bikers from around
Cyprus gathered to surprise Hardy and helped to fulfil his
top wish on his bucket list: to ride on a Harley Davidson
“My dad couldn’t believe it, he was
overwhelmed and so were we. This is something we will always
remember and we have made some wonderful new friends,”
daughter Dawn Meeham said.
She added that the
feeling of community spirit in Paphos has been
heart-warming, and that the family was stunned by the
support and friendship of so many strangers.
by the diagnosis, the retired furniture maker mentioned to
his daughter and her husband a number of things on his
‘bucket list’ that he wants to complete before he dies.
Top of the list was to ride a Harley Davidson. Son in law
Tim Meeham put out a request on social media which prompted
biker Paul Carter, a member of the Blue Knights
International law enforcement bikers club, to call on his
fellow bikers and arrange an entire event.
22 bikers turned up in Peyia, along with a crowd of 40
well-wishers, most of whom had never met him. Carter
described the retired furniture maker as a ‘top bloke and
“I wanted to do something to help
and to make a difference in this man’s life even though I
didn’t know him. He’s got a great sense of humour and is a
real character, all of us wanted to give him a show of
support,” he said.
Cypriot bikers were also in the
procession and ‘Marios Choppers’ closed his shop for the day
to ride along with some of his friends and spend time with
They gave Billy a Harley Davidson T-shirt and
cap and one of them loaned him his leather biker vest to
wear for the day. Harley biker Phil Scates, carried the
unsuspecting Billy from Tala to Peyia, where he thought his
treat had ended, but this was just the start of a special
day. Hordes of bikers and a truck complete with flags drove
around the corner to meet him and then drove in procession
up to Latchi and back, down to the Hogshead pub in Paphos,
where the owners gave him lunch and drinks on the house.
“It was such a huge adrenalin rush for my dad and a very
special day for him. He is starting to get very tired and
only eats a tiny amount, so the news that people are helping
him to do his bucket list is really wonderful,” said his
The bucket list also includes taking part
in a fishing trip, being a cowboy for a day and singing
songs round a campfire on a camping trip. Paphos businesses
have rallied round to make Billy’s wishes come true.
Colin and Lilia Barden who own and operate ‘Paphos Sports
Fishing’ have offered to take Billy and his family out on a
fishing trip aboard the Evening Star, to help him fulfil one
of his other bucket list wishes.
‘George’s Ranch’ in
Peyia also stepped forward to offer the family a sunset ride
to the stunning sea caves, returning for drinks and
champagne at the ranch with staff, helping to fulfil Hardy’s
wish to be a cowboy for a day.
And ‘Yurts in
Cyprus’, found in the beautiful countryside of Simou,
invited Billy and his family to stay in the yurts for a
night, after first enjoying dinner and singing songs around
a fire pit. In the morning, they will enjoy breakfast in the
open air, said manager Rene Skroch.
Dawn said: “We
had a great time up at the Yurts, my dad loved in and Rene
was a great host.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to
offer this experience to Billy and his family,” Skroch said.