Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
The annual birthday celebrations of Harry Williams and Alex Chin took on more significance this year as one of the birthday boys turned 40.
Alex Chin of Chin's Construction boasts that he is the younger of the two friends and not yet 40. Harold Williams, director of operations of Clad Construction, took the milestone in stride and invited guests to come and celebrate 'burlesque' style.
And their friends certainly did!
Beautiful people in all manner of burlesque-inspired masks, fishnet stockings, and leather and lace, joined in a celebration that lasted to the wee hours of the morning. It was certainly a celebration of the personality of Harold Williams, whose joy of life, irreverent sense of humour and taking life head-on, are well known and appreciated by his close friends and family.
The businessman who made Montego Bay his home for the last three years has certainly settled back in Kingston as he and Chin hosted friends at his hilltop home in Hope Pastures. The backdrop of the city lights was a perfect setting for what guests say was one of the best parties in years. Guests were greeted by a bevy of beautiful masked-and-boa-clad ladies. They then made their way to drink from an ice sculpture of a beautifully curved woman and started the party on the dance floor - flanked by two large cages for the more adventurous dancers. Dramatic lighting of purples and blues inspired the letting down of hair and the joining in of the celebrations.
Williams and Chin have been celebrating their birthday for a number of years now. Their wives, Trinidadian belles Denise and Nasma, believe it or not, took the lead in organising the somewhat risque-themed party, much to the delight of their husbands. "Next year, Chin turns 40 and we are sure that that party will be another one to write about," said Denise Williams.
Guests flew in from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Barbados and Trinidad, to join the celebration, and included Flow's Michele English, Miss Jamaica World Danielle Crosskill, SportsMax's Oliver McIntosh, Café Blue's Jason Sharpe, Deago's Jomo Cato and many of Kingston and Montego Bay's beautiful people.