An excellent turnout of over 50 members and visiting brethren attended Southport Temple Lodge No 7526 for the initiation of Zachary Hilton, son of the senior deacon Robin Andrews-Morris.
The moving ceremony was conducted in a sincere and superb manner by WM Malcolm McCarthy, with Robin acting as junior deacon to guide his son through the ceremony and make him his brother.
Zachery left the lodge room for a short while, and upon his return, he was given an explanation of the north east corner. This was followed by a faultless presentation of the working tools of an entered apprentice by junior warden Eddie Thompson. Eddie followed this with what can only be described as a brilliant and word perfect rendition of the charge after initiation.
Afterwards Zachery was congratulated by Malcolm, who welcomed him into the ‘Temple.’ Upon completion of the usual lodge business and the risings, the lodge was closed and the brethren retired to the festive board, to partake of a traditional Christmas turkey dinner and a few libations.
As this was also a Christmas celebration, toasts were kept short in anticipation of the festivities to follow. However, it was also remembered that this was first and foremost Zachery’s initiation and to that end Roy Bell sang the apprentice song – acapella style. Not to be outdone, Chris Taylor assembled the brethren in a circle and performed an excellent rendition of the Chain. Roy then gave his all on the final verse; finishing on a high note!
John Riley, WM of St James Lodge No 8910, responded in a light and honest manner to the junior warden’s toast to the visitors.
To finish off an excellent and memorable evening, there followed a selection of Christmas carols accompanied by the popular musical talents of the Marshside Brass Band.
After copious bottles of wine and much joviality, the brethren left with a smile and a glow on their faces, having been part of such an outstanding introduction to Masonry for Zachery.