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Just got the sad news that Dr. N. RASALINGAM has moved on.
He was our Head Cop in 1956. Got College Colours in Boxing, Hockey,
Baketball. Was a member of the first ever Royal Baketball team in
1954/5 , in which most players were also national players.He was also in
the first ever Royal Hockey team of 1955.
It was in 1956 that our entire rugby team under Lionel Almeida
was taken to task by Dudley de S on the famous/infamous cigarette-butt
complaint by the Trinity Principal Walters. No colours were
awarded.There were suspensions, too,I think.
Cops in the team were debadged as well as members of the College debating team who travelled up to Kandy.
Ras the Head Cop was not involved as he fortunately happened to travel down with our Principal after the match!
One significant consequence of this episode was that Royal had no
rugby coloursmen in 1957 at the beginning of the season. Perhaps for the
first time Royal were being led by a non-coloursman, Roti S.!
Those in College at the time will recall how the farewell Friday
General Assembly for Bob Edwards, our much revered Head Master, was
disturbed by outside elements just outside our Hall, with catcalls
etc.,which made Edwards get up and go off the stage!