Karl Diamond, a director of his company KD Roofing, was installed into the chair of King Solomon at the installation meeting of Southport Lodge No 4034 which was held at Southport Masonic Hall. Karl joined Freemasonry in 2008 and was raised to the sublime degree of a master Mason in 2009.
After the opening of the lodge by WM Norman Jones, and the general business being completed DC Cliff Wright informed Norman that Mark Dimelow, Assistant Provincial Grand Master was outside the lodge and demanded admission. Norman responded that the lodge would be very happy to receive him. Mark was then admitted, accompanied by grand officers Trevor Rimmer, Bryan Henshaw and Southport Group Chairman Colin Jenkins.
Karl was then presented to Norman by John Fisher, one of his proposers and asked the usual questions of the master elect. Norman then asked Gordon Kay to occupy the inner guard’s position, Trevor Rimmer to occupy the chair of senior warden and Maurice Evans to occupy the chair of junior warden for the installation ceremony.
Norman then requested all those present under the rank of an installed master to withdraw for a short period and a board of installed Masters was opened. Karl was then installed into the chair of King Solomon by Norman in an excellent ceremony very ably assisted by the officers of the lodge.
The brethren were then admitted by rank and Karl was proclaimed master for the ensuing year by the DC. The third degree working tools were presented by Howerd Kernahan a newly raised brother, the second degree by Dennis Vickers and the first degree by Mike Mullen.
Karl’s first task was then to install his officers and he took great delight in presenting Norman with his past master jewel and the rest of his officers with respective collars.
During the ceremony, the address to the WM was then given by Maurice Evans, the address to wardens by the Jim Cutts and finally the address to brethren of the lodge by the distinguished guest Mark Dimelow.
After the ceremony Mark brought greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated Karl on being installed in the master’s chair; in what he said was a very enjoyable ceremony.
Karl thanked Mark for his kind words before presenting him with cheques totaling £1,580 for the following good causes: £500 Masonic Hall Foundation, £400 Queenscourt Hospice, £380 West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity (via Gift Aid envelopes), £200 Friends of Rosie, Cancer Research Fund and £100 Southport Inshore Rescue Trust.
After the ceremony the festive board was attended by over 60 brethren who all enjoyed an excellent meal from Southport’s chef. To bring the evening to a close Karl thanked all the brethren who had attended and took part in the ceremony and said it would be a night he would always remember.