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Recognition for Longest Serving Employee at The Headland

Our kitchen porter Hedley Kent has received a long service award at The Headland in recognition of his forty years of outstanding service to the hotel.

Hedley joined The Headland in his twenties, following owners Mr and Mrs Armstrong, as they embarked upon a lifetime commitment at our hotel. During his time as kitchen porter, he has seen it transform from a tired and neglected hotel to a world-class destination with a spa, surf school, self-catering and hotel accommodation and award-winning restaurants.


This is just one of many awards achieved by Hedley, who has become a much loved and respected part of our establishment. Other awards include an Unsung Hero award and a top ten place in the national award scheme Kitchen Porter of the Year.

The role of kitchen porter at The Headland is always busy. Hedley says;

“It’s a labour of love to work with The Headland. When the hotel is running at its peak, there are a lot of dishes to turn around and the restaurant is often serving up to 250 covers with functions and weddings.

“It’s also an interesting and beautiful place to work and sometimes we meet some famous people during the course of our work. I’ve been here during the filming of The Witches and have been fortunate enough to meet celebrities such as Kim Barlow and Boy George.”

When Hedley gets a spare moment, he likes nothing better than to visit National Trust gardens and is a keen dancer.

Darryl Reburn, managing director at The Headland says:

“Hedley has a special place in the heart of The Headland. He is always cheery and has become legendary as the first and last person on the dance floor at any company event. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious and he brings a little piece of sunshine to the hotel every day.”