Having assembled the provincial team in the corridor, our Provincial Grand Master, R.W Bro J B Truswell, thanked all the officers for their attendance on what proved to be a bad night for driving along the M62 due to a tailback of vehicles for six miles.
After the Lodge had conducted their business, the provincial team under the direction of W Bro S Littlewood formed an escort for R.W Bro Truswell. Once salutations had been given and received, W Bro Lowe offered the gavel to our PGM who accepted it on behalf of the province, only to return it to him, thanking him most sincerely.
It being Remembrance Day, a minute’s silence was observed to honour the fallen.
The next item was to advance Bro A N Watts of the Ryburn Lodge No 1283. For both the Halifax Lodge and Bro Watts, the presence of our PGM and his team made this a special evening. W Bro D Ross, who had entertained us through most of the ceremony and who had proposed Bro Watts into Mark Masonry, named and explained the working tools to his candidate. Also on the evening, our PGM presented two Grand Lodge Certificates to Bro G Mallinson and Bro M Boyes.
At the festive board, we enjoyed a good hearty meal and the newly advanced Bro Watts thanked his proposer, W Bro Ross, and said that he now knew why Mark Masonry was known as ‘The Friendly Degree’.