Greek community celebrates 90 years

Port Pirie’s Greek Orthodox community has celebrated its 90th anniversary in style with a gala ball and church service.

More than 280 people attended the ball on Saturday night, with 70 percent of the guests travelling from Adelaide or beyond to join the festivities.

“It was good to see a lot of people travel to make the event,” said Tom  Yiannoulis, of Port Pirie.

Celebrations for the night included traditional Greek dancing, and on the morning after, guests attended a traditional church service where they participated in a holy communion.

The guest list was almost as impressive as the proceedings, with Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock, Mayor John Rohde and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon among the 280 guests enjoying the night.

“The 90th celebrations exceeded our expectations. We are truly grateful for the representation at federal, State and local levels. We are overwhelmed by the support we received by the Adelaide community with attendance at both the ball and festival celebration,” said Emanuel Skorpos, president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Port Pirie.

“We now look forward to working closely as a community in preparation for our 100th anniversary. We trust our community will continue to prosper and maintain our cultural traditions for future generations.”