Over 70 brethren gathered at Southport Masonic Hall to witness a banner dedication for Southport Emulation Lodge No 3675. The members of the lodge had decided that the banner was to be dedicated to the memory of Len Watson, an esteemed member of the lodge for 62 years.
The lodge members were honoured with the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Robert Wright. Robert was supported by Provincial Grand Chaplain Rev Godfrey Hirst, Southport Group ChairmanColin Jenkins, Neil Latham, Liam Mawdsley, Paul Hardman, Peter Martin and other Provincial grand officers. Keeping control of proceedings was Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Mark Barton.
With the regular lodge business swiftly dispatched by the master of the lodge Simon Mawdsley, it was time to welcome Robert and the other distinguished guests. Simon offered Robert the gavel of the lodge, which on this occasion he retained and proceeded to occupy the master’s chair.
The following brethren were asked to assist in the ceremony; namely Ian Beecham as senior warden, David Rimmer as junior warden, Rev Godfrey Hirst as chaplain, Keith Aldis as senior deacon, Andy Wooldridge as junior deacon, Derek Hughson as organist and John Deal as inner guard.
Robert addressed the brethren on the purpose of the meeting and shortly afterwards the lodge room was filled with music and harmony from the Provincial Grand Choir, under the direction of Christopher Knowles. A deputation was then formed to carry the banner into the lodge, the bearer being Dennis Hunt.
There were more musical offerings from the choir and the banner was eventually delivered into the safe keeping of Simon Mawdsley, who as master received it on behalf of the lodge, whereupon it was placed in the east.There followed a superb oration from Rev Godfrey Hirst, who delivered it with his usual flair and zeal.
After having resumed his seat, Simon Mawdsley as master of the lodge thanked the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and his team for a superb ceremony which the brethren would remember for many years to come and would serve as a great memorial to Len Watson.