There was a good representation from the Furness and South Lakeland group at the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Alan Tomlinson WM of Semper Sursum Lodge No 5622 and Steve McKellar WM of Baldwin Lodge No 1398 were amongst those who had made the journey.
David Cole and Terry Ridal had been called upon to assist with the administrative part of the day and were lending a hand in tasks such as distributing the yearbooks.
The meeting saw Peter Schofield take over as group chairman from Alan Jones with Gary Rogerson stepping into the role of vice chairman. It also marked the end of Peter’s year as a very active Provincial Grand Junior Warden. Following the usual custom Peter was then promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden.
There were several appointments to acting rank as follows:-
Richard Wilcock – Prov. Grand Superintendent of Works.
Andrew Ridal – Prov. Dep. Grand Secretary.
Barry Fitzgerald – Prov. Dep. Grand D.C.
Phil Preston – Prov. Grand Charity Steward.
Ian Thompson – Prov. Asst. Grand Standard Bearer.
Chris Gray – Prov. Grand Steward.
Receiving first appointments were Brian Benn, Terry Pearson, Bryan Blackburn, Stuart Collins and Ian May.
In addition to Peter 13 other Brethren from the group were promoted.
Following on from the meeting many of those attending made their way to the Hilton Hotel for the banquet where newly appointed Deputy DC Barry Fitzgerald had the honour of escorting the RW PGM into the dining room.