Mates, music and memories


A spirit of camaraderie shone through at the first meeting of the Peterite OBU , Sydney, for 2014. Journalist and staunch old Pete Lawrence Machado reports on a  night in which mateship and memories came to the fore.

If all our gatherings are as delightful and successful as our first for 2014, the Peterite OBU, Sydney, can be assured of a long and happy future.

Interim president and livewire Senani Gunasekera and charming wife Sonja hosted a hopper night at their splendid Kellyville home on Thursday, February 20, for our first informal get-together, and what a night it was.

The net for college mates was cast far and wide, and come they did – new faces joining the familiar ones and all enjoying that special camaraderie for which St Peter’s College is famous.
Former Sri Lankan Test star and current TV commentator Russell Arnold also turned up, fortunate to have a few free days before another overseas assignment.

We enjoyed a superb hopper feed, washed down by beverages of choice, and splendid non-stop entertainment from our evergreen musical geniuses Chris Pietersz and Darrell De Silva who again lit up our night at their own expense.

Backed by Darrell’s virtuoso performance on bass guitar and his ceaseless smiles, Chris was the consummate entertainer on his electric organ, with his singing putting us in a party mood.

After a stirring talk from Senani, all guests were given the opportunity of contributing to the continued growth of our OBU and there was a lively discussion and exchange of ideas.

To top it off, Randy Peiris, another of the great musicians produced by St Peter’s, was elected unopposed to the post of president. Showing the flair for which he was famous for when he was a member of the Jetliners, Randy promptly offered to host the next gathering at his home, encouraging everyone to come.

It’s our aim to have gatherings throughout the year to give the members and the families more opportunities to mingle and meet and also enjoy a relaxing evening among friends.

We missed a number of our members and hope we will see them and more new faces at our next reunion at Randy’s home.
It was good to see so many turn up with their spouses and we thank the wives for their support and goodwill, without which it will be hard to run a successful association.

While thanking everyone – specially the committee members for their support – we are grateful to the Gunasekeras and their children, and George and Amira Cooke, for their hospitality.


The Editor, Lawrie Machado