The end of October saw W.Bro Guy Smith of Holmes Lodge No.2571, which meets at Byker Masonic Hall, finally be able to Install his father, Colin Smith, into the Masters Chair,, for the third time, at the fantastic age of 86, after a break of 26 years. Due to the pandemic, Guy’s time as Master was, by dispensation, extended to four years.
Colin was initiated into Freemasonry back in September 1975, into Holmes Lodge and held the office of Master in 1995 and 1996. He was acknowledged in Provincial Grand Lodge when he received a first appointed to Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2003, receiving a subsequent promotion to Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon in 2008, then to Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works in 2015 and most finally to Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 2018.
Guy joined Freemasonry in 2016, being Initiated, Passed and Raised in the same year and in each of the three degrees he undertook, Colin took an active role., performing the North East Corner during the Initiation Ceremony, the South East Corner during the Ceremony of Passing and explained the Tracing Board during the Ceremony of Raising.
Guy was soon installed into the Masters Chair in October 2018, when Colin led him and sat him in the Masters Chair and performed the Master’s Song at the Festive Board.
During his time as Master, Guy has had the pleasure of Initiating, Passing and Raising his own son, Bro Dean Smith into the Lodge, ably assisted by his father who, once again, performed the North East Corner, South East Corner and Third-Degree Tracing Board.
Congratulations from everyone at Northumberland Freemasons to W.Bro Colin Smith, and the rest of his family. for once again taking the Masters Chair.
Many thanks to W.Bro Guy Smith for the submission of this article.
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