St. Mary’s Church is 113 years old now and as it is situated in close proximity to the sea, the salty sea spray and obviously its age have taken their toll on the building. This being a church that has served the spiritual needs of the faithful for over a century, needs to be preserved for posterity.
Raising the necessary funds for the repairs urgently needed, which runs into millions of rupees, was a problem for this parish which consists of a good mix of middle-income families and fisherfolk. Despite difficulties they face, they have come forward with financial assistance but sadly what has been collected is inadequate to fund the high estimated costs running into millions.
That was when the idea of a musical evening with Annesley Malawana’s ‘Legends of 70s’ had been mooted and the Parish Council had agreed to have the event at the BMICH on December 8. Discussions with Annesley Malawana proved helpful and his advice particularly in organising the event was invaluable.
Fr. Prageeth Perera says “though it will be a challenge for the Parish Councilors, who are amateurs where organising such a major event is concerned, they have shown remarkable ability to adapt and have thus far taken the necessary work in their stride.”
He was profuse in his thanks to them for their unstinted assistance, without which he said, this could not have happened.
Everything is now ready for a grand evening at the BMICH where pop music from the 70s will be dished out by the galaxy of stars whom Annesley has lined up. Apart from Annesley himself backed by his band ‘Super Chimes’ he will have guest artistes such as Anil Barathi, Dharmaratne Brothers, Indrani Perera, Priya Peiris and Errol Fernando. Evergreen Sunil Perera and also Benji & Donald will also be there to add colour to the event.