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A golden New Year’s Eve party

Published:Sunday | January 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Guests share a kiss and make a wish before releasing their sky lantern.
Chris Blackwell (left) chats with repeat GoldenEye guests Investment banker Rickardo Francis and the beautiful Vanessa Remijio. 
Rickardo Francis and Vanessa Remijio release a sky lantern together - a GoldenEye tradition.
Golden Eye guests Business Owner David Abbott with daughter Claire Abbott.
Guests pose for a gruop picture.

A golden New Year's Eve party

It was simply a spectacular way to welcome 2015. If nothing more, the magnificent fireworks display on the beach made it a golden moment as revellers ended 2014 with a bang at Chris Blackwell's Golden Eye in Oracabessa, St Mary.

But there was more. Patrons, included guests at Golden Eye and other resorts who came just for the party, and a large turnout of Jamaicans, were invited by DJ Marcio C to take part in the tradition of lighting a lantern and making a wish. It was for good luck, he said.

Most persons took up the offer, dotting the night's sky with a mesmerising light pattern that was only outdone by the fireworks.

Guests were offered a glass of champagne upon arrival and party event began with dinner - a buffet of tantalising treats displayed on the pool deck at the Bizot Bar.

Those who came later just for the party, joined in the fun and at an hour before midnight. When the DJ shouted: "Are you ready for 2015? Put your hands in the air!" the response was overwhelming.

As the hour approached, patrons drifted to the pool deck in anticipation of the countdown, while rocking to dance selections.

At midnight, a release of balloons preceded the fireworks display which lasted around seven minutes.

Guest selector, DJ Vashti took over from DJ Mario C at the turn of the year and kept the party vibes going.

Several celebrities were in the house but Island Outpost general manager said the photos would tell the tale.

He admitted that "we have a number of celebrities from film, artists, music producers, movie producers, a whole variety of important executives. We have a great mix of colourful people overall."

In the end, it was more than just a party to ring in the New Year, it was a party to cap off a good year for Golden Eye.