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The Grand says goodbye to Joseph Dantas after 45 years of service

On Thursday 11 August The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne said a heavy-hearted goodbye to one of its longest serving members of staff, Joseph Dantas, who has now officially retired after an incredible 45 years of service at the hotel.

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Joseph began his career at The Grand aged 15 as a casual member of room service staff in March 1971, following in his father’s footsteps who had already been working at the hotel for two years prior to Joseph’s employment.

After being offered a four-year kitchen apprenticeship Joseph went from being a casual worker speaking little to no English to a key member of the team able to interact with staff and guests alike.

Joseph attributes his impressive career at The Grand to a passion and love for his role, his colleagues and the hotel and counts serving the Queen of Spain, who visited the hotel regularly, as one of the shining moments during his time at The Grand.

Working in the industry for over four decades, Joseph is undoubtedly an authority on changing trends and consumer behaviours and says the biggest change he has seen is the increasing demands of guests and the growing expectations placed on the hotel as a five-star destination.

Joseph leaves The Grand with a sense of sadness as he looks back on his career with fondness and pride but is looking forward to taking some time to relax, go travelling and spend quality time with his family.

When asked what his advice would be to any young people looking to begin a career in the hospitality industry said: “Anybody looking for a career in catering and hospitality needs to be determined, focused and have a real passion for the industry. This industry demands hard work but also gives back so much to its staff so in order to get the most out of your career you need to really love what you do and where you do it.”

Speaking on Joseph’s retirement Jonathan Webley, general manager at The Grand said: “As a team we say goodbye to Joseph with a sense of sadness as he has become such an integral part of the team over his impressive career here with us. That being said we wish him every happiness in his retirement and thank him immensely for his decades of hard work, dedication, focus and passion.”

For more information about careers at The Grand Hotel, visit www.grandeastbourne.com.

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