By Bejay Browne
PAPHOS municipality is inviting local residents to attend the inauguration of a park and playground to be held in Anavargos village in Paphos on Friday.
The park will officially be named after Aristides Tziamalis, lauded as a hero, who originated from the occupied community of Massari near Morphou but spent his final years in the Paphos village where he died in 1968. Many of his descendents still live there.
Eleftherios Antoniou, the president of the council of Massari told the Cyprus Mail that the village is proud that Anavargos is naming their park after such a great man.
“We are very proud that one of our villagers is finally being recognised after giving so many years of service to his country. We have been trying to get a monument or park named in his honour for some time, to express our thanks,” he said.
“There is still a strong connection between Paphos and our community because of him. We have a common history through Tziamalis.”
The park will be inaugurated by the mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos on Friday, May 29 at 6.00 pm, at the municipal green space which includes the church of St. Theodosius, at the junction of Anavargos Avenue and Aristotelis Savva road.
The previous council took the decision to name the green space after Aristides Panagiotis Tziamali (1876-1968), who took part in some of Greece’s toughest struggles n the early 20th century. These included the Macedonian Struggle (1906), the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) and the First World War (1914-1918), where he was wounded twice.
The ceremonial programme ceremony includes a blessing, a greeting from the mayor of Paphos, a speech by Eleftherios Antoniou, a presentation on Tziamalis by Associate Professor of Modern Greek History at the University of Cyprus, Petros Papapolyviou and dance performances.
The modern playground cost around € 35,000 from its budget. The equipment meets European safety standards and is suitable for use by infants aged 1-3 years and children up to 12 years.