Our weekly round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area this week includes Fethiye celebrates namesake anniversary, trash scandal and more.

Fethiye Celebrates Namesake Anniversary

If you wondered what was going on around the statue to Fethi Bey (the man with wings) last week, the great and good of Fethiye were marking the 99th anniversary of his death.

Fethi Bey was the first Turkish pilot to die when his aircraft crashed, he originally hailed from Fethiye and, when the town felt the need of a name change, they renamed it Fethiye after the pilot.

Next year is the 100th anniversary so we shall expect special celebrations.

Trash Scandal

Shock horror towards the end of the week when a portrait of Atatürk, and framed lyrics of the Turkish national anthem were found in a large metal rubbish bin in a street in the centre of Fethiye.

Police were called and the press came out in force.

However, the voice of reason was one local gent who pointed out that a nearby business had closed down a few days earlier, and the portrait, etc., had no doubt ended up in the bin, along with a lot of other stuff being thrown away, as they cleared the premises.

He added “People should show some sensitivity when putting rubbish in bins.” There’s no answer to that.


Fethiye Ancient Theatre to Open in October 2013

The restoration of Fethiye’s ancient theatre is still underway – though we have yet to see any work actually taking place in recent weeks.

However, local press were called in this week for the announcement that the theatre will be completed and re-opened on 29 October this year, which is the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey.