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July 03, 2017
34th Annual Blue & Gold Ball
The Gala Dinner Dance of the Old Royalists' Association in the United Kingdom,
held at prestigious Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill
"School where our Fathers, Learnt the way before us ..."

Following the steps of fore fathers and the time-tested traditions, the most prestigious dinner dance amongst the Sri Lankans living in the United Kingdom, the Blue and Gold Ball (B&G Ball) organised by the Old Royalists' Association in the United Kingdom, took the centre stage on 22nd of April 2017 at Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill.

The B&G ball continues to be patronised by the young and not so young gentlemen of that time tested, hallowed institution down the Reid Avenue and was well supported by friends and well-wishers from other brother and sister schools. The evening commenced with a drinks reception, followed by a beautifully presented sumptuous three course meal, painstakingly prepared, with a hint of Eastern spice.

Following the Dinner amidst soft music provided by bands 'Sky High and Suresh and the Breeze', the president of the Association, Mr Hemantha Jay Edirisooriya made a toast to the Association, and thanked the patrons for their continuous support for the event and wished them a memorable night. He also pointed out that the funds generated from the event is invested in many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of Royal College, helping the college to maintain its standards and continue as the Citadel of education in Sri Lanka.

The toast to the Royal College was made by Mr. Joe Navin, a former President of the Association, who reminisced the good times at the college, not forgetting the learning and values he gained at the great school, enabling him and many Royalists to achieve greater heights in professional life, contributing to the betterment of societies they live in.

Following the toasts, the President and committee took the dance floor with the spouses, followed by rest of the guests, packing the dance floor to capacity. The music and the dancing was briefly interrupted by the Grand Auction conducted by Mr. Dai Liyanage and the Raffle conducted by Mr. Abhaya Karunasekekera, both of which were hugely successful in raising funds that would enable the Association to continue their support to Royal College and its' current students in educational, sporting and welfare activities.

The dancing continued until the small hours of Sunday morning, with the "Bailas" succeeding in getting almost the entire congregation on to an overflowing dance floor bursting at its' seams. The event concluded with the traditional rendition the School song "School of our fathers" and the National Anthems of Srilanka and United Kingdom.

Photography by Praneeth Hettiarachchi
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