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David Shillingford Paynter, son of missionary parents, was born in Almora, U.P., North of India, on 5th March 1900. His father was English and “Country” and his mother Sinhalese, of a Southern Sri Lankan family. He was educated at Breeks memorial school, a school for the children of missionaries, in South India, Ooty and at Trinity College, Kandy, Sri Lanka. (David and big brother Arnold) Arnold very studious and a  [ Read More ]

Trinity – Invincible

It is the traditional Bradby dinner at the school main hall. The clock stares 8.30pm.The Royal 1st XV captain Shehan Pathirana is delivering his address. Trinity has lost the 1st leg 25 to 33 few hours earlier at Bogambara. The chaps from Colombo are on cloud nine. They’ve beaten Trinity yet again for the sixth time in a row. Nothing can shake their confidence that they would retain the Bradby Shield for the 3rd consecutive year.

They Chose The Road Less Travelled By.

The final years of the 20th century, the world was immensely excited about the new millennium. Two young gentlemen spending the most memorable time of their school lives in the place where river, lake and mountain meet were listening to another monotonous lesson of chemistry. Were they actually listening or pretending was a suspicion to Mr. Pathiraja; one of the popular masters of Trinity College at the time. He wanted  [ Read More ]

The Chapel is perhaps the most poignantly sublime symbol of Trinity for most Trinitians across the ages, irrespective of their faith. Though distanced by the years and geography, our memories often rest among those pillars, under the cooling shade of bare clay tiles with a view of Hantana nestled among the treetops. Even the quiet breeze rings with voices of friends and teachers of a time now bygone… Yet the  [ Read More ]

Denzil was born in Kandy on 27th July, 1940 to Loku Bandara & Iona Ratwatte Kobbekaduwa as their second child. He grew up in Kandy at Deldeniya Walauwa (Paternal Residence) of Deldeniya village in Menikdiwela, Kadugannawa and Amunugama Walauwa (Maternal Residence) of Amunugama village close to Kandy. These areas were close to the Kadugannawa Hills & the Dumbara Valley surrounded by the Mahaweli River with unspoilt environment close to nature  [ Read More ]

What a thrill it will be for former Trinitian and Rugby Lion Dilshan Senanayake as he partakes in the Olympic Torch bearing Relay as a Torch bearer, running a 300 metre stretch in the Huntingdon precincts near Cambridge, London. His turn is today. He is one of three Sri Lankans to have been picked to carry the torch. They were selected from among over 150,000 nominees over a 12-month period  [ Read More ]

With the sad news of the untimely passing away of Shafi Jainudeen, a collage of images and memories adorn the canvass in our mind’s eye. For those of us who grew up with him and his family in Kandy, the story begins at Castle Street where his friends would visit the Jainudeen household often, ostensibly to keep Shafi company but in reality to admire-or “cap” as we colloquially called the  [ Read More ]

Brilliance of the ’74 Rugby Team

Everyone talks about the ’56 side under David Frank or Tyrrell Rajapakse’s side of ’87 being teams of fantastic rugby players with the unbeaten tag. Due recognition must be given to the consistently brilliant side of 1974 which also remained unbeaten and played some superlative rugby under the tutelage of the late Major Bertie Dias. Side stepping , dummies, excellent ball handling and sudden changes of direction gave them an  [ Read More ]

The way Royal’s Captain Lakshman Kaluaaratchi led his team into Longden Place in 1962 wearing their Gold and Blue striped jerseys with the crowd exploding in cheers, it had all the signs of a Battle Royale. With a purposeful John Wayne cowboy gait and his hand ready for the draw, ‘Gunman Kalu’, as he is affectionately called, was ready for the rugby shoot out. The Royalists had been warned by  [ Read More ]

“Though the road takes you East, though the road takes you West,  Here in Kandy you’ll find the school that is the best.”   Vote of thanks delivered by the Senior Prefect T.B. Marambe, at the Trinity College Kandy Prize Giving held in the College Quadrangle on February, 1938:   Your Excellency, ladies and gentlemen, My great predecessors could not in their time, Make a flattering speech through the channels  [ Read More ]

 
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