This weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area includes Republic day marked in Fethiye, memorial for fire fighters, animal sanctuary reaches milestone and more in our round up of the local news.

Republic Day Marked in Fethiye

Monday was the 89th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, and it was marked for the first time in the new town square outside the Cultural Centre.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP), the political party established by Atatürk, pulled out all the stops and packed the square for the occasion.

In the evening a torchlit procession, from the Tuesday Market through downtown Fethiye, attracted around 5,000 participants.

Next Saturday, 10th November, is the anniversary of Atatürk’s death at 09.05 on 10th November, 1938.

The traffic still stops at that time to hold a minute’s silence in memory of him.

Skin Trade

The local commander of the Turkish Air Force is responsible for collecting all the animal skins generated by Kurban Bayram sacrifices – we have no idea why the Air Force do this job.

However, the commander held a press conference this week to announce that his men had collected 19,749 skins this year which is a slight drop on the 20,600 they got last year.

Memorial for Fire Fighters

Remember the dreadful tragedy this summer when a Forestry Commission helicopter crashed near Köyceğiz killing all five men on board?

This week the Commission announced it will plant trees on an area of five hectares near Esenköy, Fethiye, and thus create a lasting memorial for the victims of the crash.

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Animal Sanctuary Reaches Milestone

Fethiye Council’s Animal Sanctuary held a press conference this week to announce that in ten years of existence they have found homes for almost 3,000 dogs.

Plus they want local press to encourage people to go and visit the dogs and cats at the Sanctuary and, hopefully, make the commitment to take one home.

Their spokesperson said “We have lots of loving dogs looking for new owners”.

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