The Lancastrian Suite, Dunston was once again the venue for the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham and as always Brethren from the four quarters of the Province flocked to support the members of their Lodges gaining honours and to help fly the Provincial flag high.
The usual hustle and bustle of the occasion was excellent as always as members streamed in to the venue, jostling for the premium seats as the Director of Ceremonies, Provincial Stewards and Secretariat put the finishing touches to their practice drills and preparations.
With the scene well and truly set and everything in place Provincial Grand Lodge was opened in due form by the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Norman Eric Heaviside.
After paying tribute to the Brethren who had sadly passed away since the last meeting, the usual Salutations were observed.
The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Andrew Peter Fall Foster then retired to ascertain whether Stephen William Walker was present and desirous of being installed as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master. After confirming that he was an escort was formed consisting of Harry Walker, Stephen’s extremely proud father and Keith Schaible, both from Castle Lodge, the escort was completed by Jonathan Stapley from Marquess of Ripon Lodge, representing Stephen as friends and members of his two Lodges. The escort then left Provincial Grand Lodge and re entered along with Stephen, who after being presented to the Provincial Grand Master, Stephen was installed as Assistant Provincial Grand Master to the delight of the crowded arena. After being proclaimed in the correct manner, Stephen then took his rightful place on the stage with obvious pride.
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