Prime Ministers of Ceylon in London with British Royalty and British Prime Ministers

Here are some rare photographs of Prime Ministers of Ceylon with British Royalty and British Prime Ministers at Commonwealth Prime Ministers meetings in London from the 1940s to the 1960s.

The first Prime Minister of Ceylon D.S.Senanayake with King George VI at Buckingham Palace in 1949:

Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake and King Georgve VI with Commonwealth Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace in London in 1949.

Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake and King Georgve VI with Commonwealth Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace in London in 1949.

The Queen with Prime Minister of Ceylon Dudley Senanayke in 1952:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake in 1952 at Buckingham Palace in London.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake in 1952 at Buckingham Palace in London.

Queen Elizabeth with Prime Minister of Ceylon Sir John Kotelawala in 1955:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Sir John Kotelawala at Buckingham Palace in London in 1955.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Sir John Kotelawala at Buckingham Palace in London in 1955.

Prime Minister of Ceylon S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike at 10 Downing Street in 1956:

The Prime Minister of Ceylon S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike at 10 Downing Street with Commonwealth Prime Ministers in 1956.

The Prime Minister of Ceylon S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike at 10 Downing Street with Commonwealth Prime Ministers in 1956.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1961:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike at Buckingham Palace in London in 1961.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike at Buckingham Palace in London in 1961.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1964:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Commonwealth Leaders at Buckingham Palace in 1964.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Commonwealth Leaders at Buckingham Palace in 1964.

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Presentation of a picture of Vernon Corea to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation to commemorate his 12th Death Anniversary

Chrismarlon Perera a member of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group recently visited the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and made a presentation to the Chairman of the station, the veteran Sri Lankan broadcaster Hudson Samarasinghe of a picture of Vernon Corea who was well known across South Asia as the Golden Voice of Radio Ceylon/SLBC. The presentation was made to commemorate the 12th Death Anniversary of Vernon Corea which falls on 23rd September 2014. Vernon Corea’s birthday also falls on 11th September 2014. Chrismarlon Perera a leading light of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group said it was a very moving occasion and many SLBC employees came to see the picture which now hangs on the wall of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Chrismarlon Perera of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group presents a framed picture of the legendary Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea to the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Hudson Samarasinghe to commemorate Vernon  Corea's 12th Death Anniversary which falls on 23rd September 2014.

Chrismarlon Perera of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group presents a framed picture of the legendary Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea to the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Hudson Samarasinghe to commemorate Vernon Corea’s 12th Death Anniversary which falls on 23rd September 2014.

Chrismarlon Perera of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group with the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Hudson Samarasinghe.

Chrismarlon Perera of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group with the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Hudson Samarasinghe.

One of Sri Lanka's top radio producers Indira Priyadarshini Nawagamuwa of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation with the picture of legendary Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea.

One of Sri Lanka’s top radio producers Indira Priyadarshini Nawagamuwa of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation with the picture of legendary Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation radio producer One of Sri Lanka's top radio producers Indira Priyadarshini Nawagamuwa with Chrismarlon Perera of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation radio producer One of Sri Lanka’s top radio producers Indira Priyadarshini Nawagamuwa with Chrismarlon Perera of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group.

Chrismarlon Perera of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group with the framed picture of the pioneering broadcaster of Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Vernon Corea.

Chrismarlon Perera of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group with the framed picture of the pioneering broadcaster of Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Vernon Corea.

CHOGM 2013: Clifford Dodd’s massive contribution to the Commercial Service of Radio Ceylon (SLBC)

Vernon Corea 1927-2002

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will fly into Sri Lanka to attend CHOGM 2013 – the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo from 10th – 17th November 2013. Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be flying into a country where a fellow Australian did so much for broadcasting in Sri Lanka. This great Australian is Clifford Dodd who was a first class radio administrator. Clifford Dodd was sent to Ceylon under the Colombo Plan.

The Colombo Plan is a regional organization that embodies the concept of collective inter-governmental effort to strengthen economic and social development of member countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary focus of all Colombo Plan activities is on human resources development.

Formally, the organization was born out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in January 1950. At this meeting, a plan was established to provide…

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Vernon Corea featured on Old Ceylon Facebook Group

Vernon Corea was featured on the Old Ceylon Facebook Group –

Vernon Corea at St.Paul’s Church Milagiriya in Colombo Sri Lanka in 1956

Vernon Corea’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday 29th September 2012 at 5 p.m. in one of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka – St.Paul’s Church Milagiriya. Here is a rare photograph of Vernon Corea at St. Paul’s Church Milagiriya Vicarage taken in 1956. Vernon drives a scooter and seated behind him is his niece Ranjini Buddhakoralle, daughter of Stephen and Daisy Buddhakoralle from Haputale. At the time Vernon had joined Radio Ceylon as a Relief Announcer. His father, Reverend Canon Ivan Corea was Vicar of St.Paul’s Milagiriya at the time.

Vernon Corea on his scooter outside St. Paul’s Church Milagiriya Vicarage in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Memorial Service for Vernon Corea at St.Paul’s Church Milagiriya – Saturday 29th September 2012 at 5 pm

Vernon Corea (1927 – 2002)

A Memorial Service for the legendary Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and BBC Broadcaster Vernon Corea will be held on Saturday 29th September 2012 at 5 p.m.

Vernon Corea had a career of 45 years of public service broadcasting in Sri Lanka and in the United Kingdom. He was a pioneer – he joined Radio Ceylon as a Relief Announcer in 1956 and when he left the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation asDirector News. He was the BBC’s FIRST EVER Ethnic Minorities Adviser and the first Asian to be appointed to Senior Management at the Corporation. Vernon Corea also presented the historic and hugely popular ‘London Sounds Eastern’ on BBC Radio London.

The Speaker at Vernon Corea’s Memorial Service will be Dr. Vijaya Corea, Sri Lanka’s Number one media personality and former Director-General of te Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. The award winning Sri Lankan singer/songwriter of ‘Master Sir’ fame Nimal Mendis will be speaking and singing his compositions.

Refreshments will be served after the service. All are welcome.

For further information:
vernoncoreamemorialservice@gmail.com

Radio Ceylon and Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Broadcaster Vernon Corea’s Memorial Service marking his 10th Death Anniversary will be held at St. Paul’s Church Milagiriya on Saturday 29th September 2012 at 5 p.m.

St.Paul’s Church Milagiriya in Colombo Sri Lanka will host Vernon Corea’s Memorial Service.

Vernon Corea’s father, Reverend Canon Ivan Corea was Vicar of St. Paul’s Church Milagiriya from 1954 – 1961.

This is a portrait of Jesus Christ washing the feet of his disciples hangs in St.Paul’s Church, Milagiriya.

The altar at St. Paul’s Church Milagiriya

The Courtyard of St.Paul’s Church Milagiriya

Livy Wijemanne

Livy Wijemanne trained Vernon Corea in 1956

Clifford Dodd, Livy Wijemanne and Vernon Corea at a meeting in Radio Ceylon in 1958

Vernon Corea joined Radio Ceylon as a relief announcer in 1956 – it was firstly on a part-time basis although he was made permanent in 1957. He received his early training and support from Clifford Dodd who was the first ever Director of the Commercial Service of Radio Ceylon and Assistant Director Livy Wijemanne. After Vernon left the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in 1975  he kept in close contact with Livy Wijemanne who went on to set up and run a new independent radio station in Sri Lanka called FM 99. Vernon returned to Sri Lanka on several occasions in the 1980s and 1990s and he never failed to meet Livy Wijemanne.

Information on Livy Wijemanne from Wikipedia:

Livy Wijemanne was a pioneer of Radio Ceylon. He was one of Sri Lanka’s greatest broadcasters, on October 31, 1948, the Post Master General (who was also Director of Broadcasting) appointed the young announcer, Assistant Controller of Programmes. This was a start of his career in management in Radio Ceylon – the oldest radio station in South Asia.

Noel Cruz writing in the ‘Island’ newspaper observed: ‘The Broadcasting station that had moved from Cotta Road to Torrington Square needed drive and Wijemanne provided it. He identified talent, welcomed new broadcasters and any experiments in presentation. It was Livy who first mapped out the logistics of ‘Outside broadcasts’, especially of the entertainment programmes relayed from the big hotels.’

Colombo Plan Scholar

After his completing his secondary education at Royal College, Colombo, Livy Wijemanne came on a Colombo Plan scholarship to the United Kingdom in early 1953, he was a member of the first batch of Colombo Plan Scholars from Ceylon. He worked with the famous John Arlott in Scotland, Wales and London. The BBC chose Wijemanne to occupy a seat assigned to a Commonwealth broadcasters at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth on June 22, 1953 at Westminster Abbey. Wijemanne was invited the British Council to reply to the toast of the Commonwealth proposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Mr Richard Mauldling at the Coronation Civic dinner at North Garnet.

Director Commercial Service of Radio Ceylon

In 1955 the Government of Ceylon made Livy Wijemanne Assistant Director of the Commercial Service of Radio Ceylon, he became the first Ceylonese Director of Radio Ceylon in 1956, succeeding Clifford R. Dodd. Wijemanne worked very closely with the Australian administrator, Clifford Dodd who came to Radio Ceylon under the Colombo Plan. Dodd changed the face of the Commercial Service of Radio Ceylon turning it into an international brand – he was ably supported by Livy Wijemanne who recruited some of Ceylon’s best talents – they were trained by Dodd and Wijemanne and were Ceylon’s pioneering professional broadcasters. Millions of listeners tuned into Radio Ceylon. The station was the most popular radio station in South Asia in the 1950s and 1960s. Radio Ceylon ruled the airwaves in South Asia, the station was by far the most popular brand name in the Asian region and people listened to Radio Ceylon from Pakistan to Burma – sometimes the station was picked up by listeners as far as the United States of America.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

In January 1984 Livy was appointed Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Livy Wijemanne died in Colombo on Sunday 24 November, 2002 aged 85 years. He was a pioneering broadcaster from the island of Sri Lanka. He was instrumental in starting “FM 99”

Livy Wijemanne
Born 1917
Sri Lanka
Died Sunday 24th November, 2002
Colombo
Nationality Sri Lankan
Education Royal College, Colombo
Occupation broadcasting / television executive
Employer The Government of Sri Lanka
Known for The first Ceylonese Director of the Commercial Service of Radio Ceylon
Title Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC)
Predecessor Clifford Dodd , Director of the Commercial Service of Radio Ceylon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livy_Wijemanne