Golden Celebrations For William Gordon Blackett

09th May 2023

Today, everyone at Northumberland Freemasons congratulates W.Bro William Gordon Blackett, on completing fifty fantastic years of dedicated service to the Craft.

Gordon was initiated into Freemasonry in January 1972, when he joined Beaconsfield Lodge No.6784, which meets at Blyth Masonic Hall, subsequently resigning in 1974, and joining Berwick St George Lodge No.4125 in 1975, which meets at Berwick Masonic Hall.

During his membership he has occupied the offices of Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Tyler and Charity Steward, and was acknowledged in Provincial Grand Lodge, in 1995, when he was Appointed to the rank of Past Provincial Assistant Grand Standard Bearer.

He was born in December 1946 in Berwick, where he has lived, with the exception of two years, when he lived in Blyth. He is married to his wife, Joan, and has three children. He was educated at Spittal Primary School, subsequently attending Tweedmouth Modern School, and left in 1961 when he joined BP Tanker Company, as a seaman until December 1965, when he joined the Northumberland Fire Brigade, in January 1966 and served in several positions until February 2015,

He has worked part time at net salmon fishing, from 1963 to the present day and his hobbies include football, golf, Freemasonry and coin collecting. He has spent most of his retirement in the garden and a few hours a week volunteering in the Red Cross Charity Shop.

Over the last few years Gordon has fulfilled a lifelong ambition and is learning to play the guitar, and for over thirty years has served with the local lifeboat, currently as Deputy Launch Assistant. 

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