Sandals sends off Weston Haughton in style

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - After spending 17 years with the Sandals Group, the recently retired cultural icon Weston Haughton was recognised for his sterling contribution during a special party held by the hotel chain at the Island Routes headquarters in Montego Bay, Monday evening.


Haughton joined the company in February 1997 as creative director, overseeing the entertainment operations at Beaches Negril Resort and Spa. Following the departure of Basil Cahusac, Haughton joined the team at the corporate office in January 2001 as group creative director, his main role being to supervise the administration of the group's Entertainment Division.


Among his most notable achievements was the creation of the company's long-running staff talent and model competition - Entertainment Now Creates Opportunities Rewarding Excellence (ENCORE) - in 2003.


During Monday's soiree there were glowing tributes in song and speech for Haughton, who was lauded for his contribution to the organisation.


CEO of Sandals Resorts International Adam Stewart was among those who saluted the cultural ambassador.


"He is loyal, he is dedicated, he's hard working he's diligent, he's a man of the arts, he's a man of fashion, he's an all-rounder, balanced, quality human being," said Stewart.


"Weston, we love you, we appreciate you and we want to wish you nothing but great things for the future," he added.


Meanwhile, Wayne Cummings, director of business processes, Sandals Resorts, made the call for the work of Haughton's legacy to be formally documented.


"Document it...somebody needs to write your story," Cummings insisted.


Haughton's special guest, reggae queen Marcia Griffiths, said the cultural icon has not changed since she has known him in the early 1960s when she was only 13 years old. She went on to serenade him with her rendition of Electric Boogie and All My Life.


Later, Songbird Karen Smith, Georgia Henry and the Ebony Sisters fused their voices to deliver That's What Friends are For and Betty Wright's Thank You for the Many Things You Have Done.


For his part, Rory Frankston delivered Frank Sinatra's I Did it My Way while Andre Palmer did himself justice with Ben E King's I Who Have Nothing.


Island Roots Disco and Super Roach Entertainment provided a mix of pulsating music to the pleasure of the Sandals family and guests who turned out.


Haughton, who for most of the night wore his signature 'ear to ear' smile, profusely thanked the host and guests.



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