News Local Bus trip down memory lane for London Cypriots

Bus trip down memory lane for London Cypriots

It was a trip down memory lane for a number of London Cypriots who yesterday travelled on a Number 29 double decker bus as it followed the route from the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Camden Town to the Cypriot Community Council in Wood Green – a route emblematic of the diaspora’s historic northward expansion.

The guided bus tour traced the contribution of the Greek Cypriot diaspora to London’s multiculturalism following the route of the 29 bus, which is dotted with places and spaces that tell the community’s history, past coffee houses, restaurants, tailor shops, and churches.

The bus followed a route which for decades coincided with the geographical and cultural presence of the Cypriot community in the British capital.

From a church which holds a special place in the lives of London Greek Cypriots to the community centre representative of the organised presence of British Cypriots, along well-known roads, past familiar shops and other landmarks, the bus journeyed into the history but also the present of the Cypriot diaspora of London.

The journey was an initiative of Petros Karatsareas, lecturer of linguistics at the University of Westminster and Athena Mandis from Queen Mary University.

“The idea was to give the Cypriot community of London a trip down memory lane, following a route which is very familiar to them, the route of bus 29. The route from Camden Town to Wood Green coincides with the history of Cypriots’ migration to London from the 1950s to the present,” Karatsareas told the Cyprus News Agency.

Mantis, a second generation London Cypriot, who teaches film at Queen Mary added: “For us who grew up here, these places are part of our history, Camden, Green Lanes, Haringey. Our parents started there and just like the route of bus 29 slowly, slowly, moved further north.  London Cypriots ask each other, ‘does bus 29 pass from there’. This bus was important to the people who came here from Cyprus, they went to work and back home and to church.”

Passengers, both older and younger members of the community, had the opportunity to listen to audio-recorded testimonials and share their own stories of transnationalism and diaspora life.

The initiative was part of the Being Human Festival of the University of London, organised in cooperation with the British Academy and the Arts& Humanities Research Council.

Top Stories

WHO pauses trial of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns

The World Health Organization has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus...

UK to reopen thousands of shops in easing of coronavirus lockdown

Britain will reopen thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres next month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, setting out...

Repeat positive cases ‘released’ three weeks from first diagnosis

The Health Ministry issued instructions on Friday on the release / ending of isolation for patients who tested positive to Covid-19 but are not...

Two new Covid cases in education and repatriations

Two new coronavirus cases were reported today by the health ministry, a drop from yesterday's eight, out of a total of 2128 tests, raising...

Minister: Back to school for 769 pupils with disabilities

  More than 760 children with disabilities who were told they could not go back to school when primary and lower secondary schools reopened last...

Taste

Traditional salads that will blow your mind away

This traditional salads will make you actually love salads! Cyprus may be famous for souvla and kleftiko but if you try the traditional salads with...

Honey Balls

As you stroll down Onasagorou street in the old city of Nicosia and suddenly feel the need for something sweet, follow the smell of...

Octopus with Oregano

Ingredients: (Serves 4) 1 kg octopus ½ tsp dry oregano Pepper 3 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice Preparation: Clean the octopus thoroughly under cold running water. Place the octopus...

Fish meatballs

In a bowl, mix the finely chopped onion and parsley. Boil the fish, cut into small pieces and add to the bowl. Add salt...