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Patrick Richardson with his daughter, Faith Richardson, accepting a balloon creation from Annie the Clown.

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The Conga line with Santa Claus.

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Samayra Scantlebury-Nowell having her face painted by Peggy Scott.

Christmas comes early at Sandy Lane


Christmas Day is weeks away, however Santa Claus made an early stop to Bennetts Golf Turf at Sandy Lane yesterday for the Sandy Lane Children’s Christmas Appreciation Party.
An annual event of the West Coast hotel, it was well attended by over 275 youngsters who are all children of staff members of the luxury resort.
Smiling faces could be seen as youngsters played around the grounds. Added delight came when they met and took photographs with Santa Claus, while receiving treats from his large sack. They also took part in a conga line as they joined him and his elves while dancing around the grounds.
Additionally, fun activities on the evening included face painting and riding the train. There was also an opportunity for children to visit the areas where activities such as the photo booth, ball can toss, bean bag toss, dart balloon toss and duck pond and fishing could be enjoyed. 
Human Resources Manager at Sandy Lane, Donna Harper-Nicholls, told the press the annual event was the hotel’s way of giving back to its employees.
“We have been doing it for the past 14 years and basically it is a give back to our staff for the hard work that they do all year round. And because we think that Sandy Lane is a family, of course the children are all part of the Sandy Lane family so we want to celebrate Christmas with them and their parents.” (MG)

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