Malcolm McCarthy installed Edward Thompson into the chair of King Solomon at Southport Temple Lodge No 7526, an honour you may think, but nothing extraordinary. But when you consider that veteran Malcolm is 80 years young and first went in the WM’s chair in 1977, it is quite an achievement. Consider also that Edward, a retired training officer, has only been in the lodge for seven years.
The lodge was honoured by the presence Frank Umbers as the principal guest, and the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, who was delighted to receive £900 for charity. Frank was accompanied by the Chairman of Southport Group Colin Jenkins.
At the meeting, Frank was delighted to meet Paul Jackson, the youngest member of the lodge.
After congratulations were given to both the installing master, the WM and the officers of the lodge who had been installed, the lodge was closed and the brethren retired to the festive board.