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RAF Akrotiri Virtual Tour

An organised archive of lots of pictures of RAF Akrotiri, including St. Johns, Episkopi and other places of interest

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Mal Anderson (26 Apr 2018)
Remember recovering that 'Spoon Anchor' - must have been around 1970. I often wonder if they still dive in the same places.
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Kipper  (16 Apr 2018 10:39)
I was a member of the club 1969/70 and the last time I visited the club was 1987. My name [Kipper] was in the trophy on the bottom shelf in the clubhouse. Is it still there and could someone send me a photo please?

Thank you

Grahame Rogers (05 Apr 2018)
Do you remember Graham Snowdon, he showed me how to ski, although could never get up on one ski. Enjoyed the slalom immensly
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Paul Gormley (27 Mar 2018)
This was the Hovercraft and Canoe Club. My dad, Danny Gormley, used to love this place, as did the rest of us! It was always bustling with life. We were there 1977-1980
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Brian Gee (15 Mar 2018)
I was a ski club member from 68 to 71 with my family and spent most afternoons there. I drove for slalom and jump and also the experimental driving with the ski-kite Rod Best built. I also managed to crack my tibia on a 50 gallon drum/buoy that was in the whip-off area when I was just becoming competent on a mono-ski.
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Steve Crook  (12 Mar 2018 12:22)
Dad was posted to RAF Episkopi (as it was then) in early 1972. He was the Principal Dental Officer at RAF Episkopi. We were in a hiring in Limassol for the first few months and then moved to a quarter in South Paramali, No 17 Gloucester Hill. Had a lovely view over the bay from the back garden. I was in my mid / late teens and had a great time there. We travelled all over the island before partition including Troodos, Kyrenia, Paphos etc. Lots of us dependants would get together for kebab nights in Limassol, great fun! Good fun was also had on the beaches including taking part in the Happy Valley to Tunnel Beach swim in 1972 & 1973. I still have the certificates signed by the Station Commander - Group Captain KCD Nixon.

I remember the 1974 crisis well. We could hear sounds of battles in the distance and there were great clouds of smoke from parts of the forest set on fire at one point. I saw a National Guard convoy drive along the main road through RAF Episkopi. We had two families evacuated to us, Corporal Shaw from the Royal Scots and Sergeant Watson from the RAF. The house was suddenly packed with loads of kids and mum cooking up lots of meals from the compo rations with help from the other wives. The same families returned to us for the second evacuation and were then repatriated after a few days. I also helped out cleaning and washing up etc in one of the messes at Episkopi which was serving thousands of meals to trapped tourists and refugees. It was hot work but great to be able help out.

I finally returned to the UK early September 1974 as had to go to college and Dad was posted back to the UK early 1975. I?ve been back for holidays several times since (last time mid 2000?s). The tourist areas are now much more developed but on driving through Episkopi and past Happy Valley, it all looks very much the same! I really enjoyed my time there and it would be great to hear from anyone I knew there then. It?s a long time ago now, but some names I remember are Brian Dawson, Nigel & Ian Taplin, and Kevin Mcdonell .

Sapper David Hodgson (26 Feb 2018)
Best posting I ever had 1966/69 Sapper David Hodgson
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Grahame Rogers (06 Feb 2018)
I lived at 30 Princes Street with my parents, the tornado went through our house. Did you go on any of the bus trips to famagusta or Kyrenia
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Tom Evans (15 Jan 2018)
As a teenager lived at 13 Annes Close 58-59. Does anyone go back as far as that. Went to King Richards school at Dhekelia as a boarder. Some of the best years of my life.
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Ralph Currie (20 Dec 2017)
Hi , Just surfin` whilst in a time warp . If that aint Pete Tuxford and his Dutch wife (Gisstla!) , I`ll eat my hat . And just one more kebab . Ralph and Jane Currie
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