Exactly 60 brethren assembled at Fleetwood Masonic Hall to witness Tony Blundell being proclaimed as master of Wyre Lodge No 7704 for the second year running.
The lodge members were delighted to receive Giles Berkley, representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and supported on this occasion by North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith and Neil MacSymons, together with acting Provincial grand officers Alex Tomlinson, Bernard Snape, Peter Maxwell and Gordon Ivett.
With the regular lodge business dispatched by the master, he proceeded to invite Frank Kennedy to remain as installing senior warden, David Platt to remain as installing junior warden and Ken Mackie to remain as installing inner guard.
The director of ceremonies Bob Hopwood announced the presence of Giles Berkley and the distinguished grand officers were duly admitted. After the usual salutations the master elect was proclaimed by Bob Hopwood, who also delivered the rarely heard working tools of an installed master. The ever youthful team of Ron Crewdson, Danny Whalley and Bill Sergeant presented the third, second and first degree working tools respectively.
The address to the newly proclaimed master was given in fine style by Frank Kennedy, whilst Duncan Smith gave the address to the wardens and to conclude the ceremony Giles Berkley delivered the address to the brethren of the lodge.
Conveying the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master to the lodge members and visitors, Giles thanked Bob Hopwood for his contribution and congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony. He wished Tony well for the ensuing year.
Tony presented Giles with cheques totalling £2,380, including £300 to Mustard Seed, £200 to Rosemere Cancer Foundation, £130 to Limbless Ex-servicemen, £750 towards the defibrillator for the Strawberry Gardens in memory of Alan Wilkinson and £1,000 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival. Giles thanked the members of the lodge on behalf of the recipients for their generosity.
The brethren duly retired to the comfortable surroundings of the bar and ultimately the dining room where they enjoyed an excellent meal. The brethren were then treated to an erudite response from Giles Berkley, delivered with his usual poise. Raffles provided over £600 towards charities.
Hugh Mett rendered the master’s song, accompanied by David Brown, and at the conclusion of a superb evening Gordon Ivett delivered the tyler’s toast.