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Presentation to Papoulis - 25th January 2015

The year 2015 celebrates the 50th anniversary of Papoulis (Father Gregorias) arriving on Alonissos to become the island priest.  Papoulis retired a few years ago but still lives on Alonissos and is a very important and revered member of the island community.  To mark this wonderful occasion the mayor of Alonissos Petros Vafinis and the council decided to make Papoulis an 'honourary citizen' of the island.  The presentation ceremony took place in the theatre inside the Dimos offices at midday on January 25th, which is the name day for Saint Gregory.  In 2015 this fell on a Sunday, so the ceremony was preceeded by a service in the church of Agia Paraskevi in Patitiri.

The introduction to the presentation ceremony was given by Kiki who was then followed by the Mayor of Alonissos Petros Vafinis.  Petros gave a speech with a timeline from when Papoulis first arrived to the present day and all his achievements during that time as island priest.  Petros then presented a scroll and plaque to Papoulis who then gave a short address to the audience.  After the presentation ceremony a further 4 speakers addressed Papoulis and the audience before the ceremony ended around 12.30pm.  As Papoulis rose from his seat a long queue formed to kiss his hand and give him their congratulations.

 

Introduction To The Presentation Ceremony by Kiki
 

The Mayor Petros Vafinis Giving A Speech About Papoulis
 

Presentation Of A Scroll To Papoulis
 

Presentation Of A Plaque To Papoulis
 

Papoulis Addressing The Audience
 

Nikos Addressing Papoulis And The Audience
 

Takis Addressing Papoulis And The Audience
 

Panayiotis Addressing Papoulis And The Audience
 

Kostas Addressing Papoulis And The Audience
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