Vernon Corea the Compere

Vernon Corea the Compere at a dinner for the Ceylon Navy in Colombo in the 1960s – Vernon is on the balcony.

Vernon Corea was a sought after Compere – he has compered hundreds of events, dinners, dances, variety shows, concerts all over Sri Lanka in the late 1950s – 1970s. He was in huge demand. He has compered events for the Ceylon Army, Navy Airforce to a dinner in Chilaw. He was a commentator for the Radio Ceylon/SLBC outside broadcasts with Bob Harvie of the Kandy Perahera – describing the Perahera from the balcony of the Queen’s Hotel in Kandy.

Sri Sangabo Corea, Vernon’s cousin described his many talents: ‘Vernon, was also a much sought after Compere for dinners, dances, promotional events and musical shows. He was a maestro at striking the right balance between humour and sobriety which made him popular with his audiences. He had the matchless expertise of relating a spicy yarn without causing any embarrassment to his listeners. On stage, he was in complete command as the incomparable Master of Ceremonies with the Midas Touch … the One and Only Vernon Corea !!’

The photograph from the early 1960s shows Vernon compering a show for the Ceylon Navy. Also in the show is the first Sri Lankan Director of Radio Ceylon, Livy Wijemanne.


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