Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated a historic occasion with the unveiling of four blue plaques installed in the main entrance of the hotel on Monday, January 31. The blue plaque is an iconic symbol seen on many buildings in and around London, which bring buildings to life, indicating places where important people in history have lived and worked. The four blue plaques were acquired by Mount Lavinia Hotel across the seas from Britain to Sri Lanka to celebrate the historic link between the two countries and the remarkable significance that Mount Lavinia played as the residence of four British Governors; Sir Thomas Maitland, Sir Robert Brownrigg, Sir Edward Paget and Sir Edward Barnes and continues to play uniting the past with the present.
Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated this link between person and building and in the words of the Times Correspondent in 1873 in so doing we make ‘our houses their own biographies’.
After the unveiling the guests enjoyed a riveting illustrated lecture on the roles these four British governors played during their governorship in Ceylon given by Dr. SinhaRaja Tammitta-Delgoda. This was followed with a reading by the famous British novelist Louis de Bernieres, who is well-known for his book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, who read a short extract from his mother’s unpublished work. His mother had been stationed in Ceylon during World War II and had written a story set at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. In line with the theme of the blue plaques the hotel was lit up in blue in marking this historic moment in its history.