DIDIM’S worst kept secret – its new Ataturk statue – has been unveiled with a bit of pomp and ceremony.

A new 5.5 metres high and 2.5m wide statue, (8m high including the pedestal) was installed on the junction opposite the former Law Courts and the turn for Yenihisar on Atturk Boulevard. Sculptor was Eray Okkan.

11af6f97e8a90efecda33fd733066767_LThe unveiling of the statue conincided on the same day as the launch of the Turkish flag on a new 60m high pole standing on the coast of Didim at Aytepe.

12421557_10208401104805241_1466480836_nThe Ataturk statue unveiling was attended by Didim Governor Ishkender Yonden, mayor Deniz Atabay and other local dignitiaries. There was also a band on hand to deliver a bit of pomp to the proceddings which were also attended by scores of locals.

12434538_10208401104405231_203760886_nSpeaking at the unveiling, Mr Atabay expressed satisfaction at the new dramatic statue.

After speeches, a ribbon was cut at the official opening.

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Pictures have been kindly supplied by Suzanne Dereli