A ‘Case’ for celebration at Victoria Lodge

Pictured from left to right, are Lester Crabtree, Jimmy Case and Peter Wall.

Pictured from left to right, are Lester Crabtree, Jimmy Case and Peter Wall.

A capacity crowd of 118 Masons and non-Masons attended the annual Victoria Lodge Sportsman’s Dinner. They filled the Scarbrough dining room at the Masonic Hall to listen to this year’s guest speaker Jimmy Case, former Liverpool England and Brighton Hove Albion footballer and the comedian Lester Crabtree, one of the country’s finest comics.

The evening started with a sing-off between the two halves of the room, the chosen song being ‘Bring me Sunshine’ of Morecombe and Wise fame. This resulted in a fine being issued to all present for their terrible singing!


A delicious meal followed consisting of vegetable soup served with hot bread rolls followed by roast beef with all the trimmings rounded off with cheese, biscuits and port. On conclusion of the dinner Jimmy Case enthralled the audience with stories relating to his life in football, the people he played with including some wonderful quotes and one-liners attributed to Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley just to name a few!

During the interval, approximately 40 visitors were given a tour of the Scarbrough Temple by Alan Phythian, who explained the lodge room furnishings and a then hosted a Q & A session. Hopefully, a few candidates may be joining various lodges as a result of this. Comedian, Lester Crabtree, then entertained the gentlemen and brethren after the interval. As part of his hilarious act he picked out various people as comedy look-a-likes such as Officer Dibble and Spiderman. Wives [aka ‘Girl Power’ picture above] and members ran a grand raffle which raised £790 and the evening made in excess of £2 000 for charities and good causes and grateful thanks go to all of the sponsors and supporters.

The hall manageress, Mrs Julie McGee, said the bar takings broke all records. The previous record being also set by Victoria Lodge! The whole evening was successfully organised, and compared by Peter Wall.