31 years of service
Published: Friday | December 11, 2009
The Morgan family poses for a photo during a celebration dinner held in honour of attorney Clayton Morgan (right) at The Ritz-Carlton Resort, Montego Bay, last Saturday. - Photos by Noel Thompson
Family members and close friends of noted Montego Bay-based attorney-at-law Clayton Morgan treated him to a celebration dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Resort in Rose Hall last Saturday.
He was being honoured for devoting 31 years of legal and humanitarian service to the people of St James, and this saw a group of locally based lawyers, as well as some who travelled from The Bahamas and the United States, in attendance.
Being among the top brass of the People's National Party in western Jamaica, it was no surprise that a few of Morgan's Comrades would have attended.
A cocktail reception was held inside Salon III where Morgan mingled with some of his closest friends. But even then, although curious, he didn't know that he was to be honoured. Everyone had told him it was a family reunion.
Cat's out of the bag
At dinnertime, Morgan, who was milling about with friends, strayed from his table and spotted one of the programmes.
"O Lord, he has found out," whispered his wife, Doris.
Their daughter, Nneka, asked, "What are we going to do now?"
"Get him to his table quickly," Doris replied.
Memorable tributes flowed, including the story of Morgan as a Cornwall College student who was nicknamed 'Cornmeal Porridge', after he downed 32 bowls in a contest in the 1960s - a record which remains unbroken.
In his response, Clayton said his curiosity about the event started deepening when he noticed some unusual happenings - some family members and long-time friends turned up at his guest house without notifying him.
"I've lived a good life, still have many rivers to cross. I live one day at a time and I will never give up on my political principles," he said.
Seasoned attorney-at-law Ripton McPherson (left), wife, Margo (centre), and young lawyer Natalie Messado get together at the celebration.
Doris Morgan (left), wife of Clayton Morgan; Bevon 'Duke' Earle, publisher; and friend Chevele Campbell smile for the camera.
Clayton Morgan (left) chats with learned friends Ripton McPherson (centre) and Courtney Hamilton
Attorney-at-law Ripton McPherson (left) and wife, Margo (second left), rub shoulders with well-known Montego Bay businessman Ralph Smith and wife, Joy.
Dr Khine Htwe Naugn (left), wife of Dr Soe Naugn (right), gets a kiss on the hand from attorney Clayton Morgan at a celebration dinner held in his honour.
Among the specially invited guests were (from left) Lorna Smith-Pitter; Joan Morgan and husband, Albert, attorney-at-law; Mary Chambers; and Natalie Messado, lawyer.