It has been 50 years since Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage Punchi Banda lugged his first barrel of beer into the tap room at the Galle Face Hotel (GFH). Now – 71 years old – the loyal employee is still earning his keep at Sri Lanka’s oldest and most fabled property.  The Hotel last week organized an event to felicitate him for his invaluable contribution with chairman of GFH, Sanjeev Gardiner handing him with an award to commemorate the long service.

GFH doorman (1) GFH doorman (3)