Turtles keep Christina Aguilera off beach at glitzy R123-m Cyprus wedding

A sea turtle hatchling is held by a volunteer at a project's base in Cyprus. Hundreds of sea turtles hatch each summer on the island's beaches | © AFP Photos | TALAR KALAJIAN
A sea turtle hatchling is held by a volunteer at a project's base in Cyprus. Hundreds of sea turtles hatch each summer on the island's beaches | © AFP Photos | TALAR KALAJIAN

Nicosia (AFP) | 7 September 2017 13:58

Aguilera finally performed indoors Wednesday for the wedding party at a luxury hotel in Latchi on the northwestern coast of the Mediterranean island, as seen in videos posted on YouTube.

The three-day wedding event reportedly cost R123-million.

Singer Christina Aquilera who got caught up in a storm of protests over a planned performance on the beach for a multi-million-dollar Russian wedding party on the Mediterranean holiday island of Cyprus
Singer Christina Aquilera who got caught up in a storm of protests over a planned performance on the beach for a multi-million-dollar Russian wedding party on the Mediterranean holiday island of Cyprus | © AFP | VALERIE MACON

Aguilera had inadvertently got caught up in a storm of protest after pictures emerged of bulldozers ploughing through a sandy beach used by protected turtles for nesting.

A permit had initially been granted for an outdoor performance — “but on the understanding that nothing would change on the beach”, Paphos district official Mary Lambrou told state radio.

“When we saw what they did, then we intervened and told them to take the structure down and the event took place indoors,” she added.

Local authorities stepped in after eco activists complained that a tractor was used to flatten the sand to set up a stage on a beach in front of the hotel.

“With our action we prevented an environmental disaster that has exposed Cyprus worldwide,” Green MP George Perdikis said.

In 2002, British business magnate Sir Philip Green forked out millions for a 50th birthday bash at the same Cyprus hotel, flying in hundreds of guests to be entertained by performers Rod Stewart and Tom Jones among others.

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