Sixty Splendid Years For Colin Deighton

29th May 2022

Northumberland Freemasons wish to congratulate W.Bro Colin Deighton of Lindisfarne Lodge No.2762, which meets at North Shields Masonic Hall, on completing a magnificent sixty years of uninterrupted service to the Craft.

Colin was initiated into Freemasonry in Tynemouth Abbey Lodge No.2971 in May 1961, subsequently resigning in 1998, not before being a founder member of the now sadly erased John Stephenson Lecture Lodge No.9571. He subsequently joined St Oswin Lodge No.2327 prior to its sad demise and finally Lindisfarne Lodge, where he was made an Honorary member in 2019. He occupied the Chair of Master in 1984, in Tynemouth Abbey Lodge.

He was acknowledged in Provincial Grand Lodge when he was appointed to the active rank of Provincial Junior Grand Deacon in 1994, being subsequently promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2001.

Colin was exalted into the Royal Arch Chapter when he joined Thomas Purvis Royal Arch Chapter No.2327, subsequently resigning in 2022. He was a founder member of Farne Royal Arch Chapter No.5228, which meets at Alnwick Masonic Hall, and joined Northumbrian First Principals Royal Arch Chapter No.3477, which meets at Fern Avenue Masonic Hall, subsequently resigning from both. He joined Per Diem Royal Arch Chapter No.9638, which meets at Byker Masonic Hall, in 2004 and remains a member. He occupied the chair of Most Excellent on two occasions in 1997 and 2012.

He was acknowledged in Provincial Grand Chapter in 2002 when he was appointed to the rank of Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner, receiving a subsequent promotion in 2008 to Past Provincial Grand Registrar.

Due to his failing health a delegation of brethren from Lindisfarne Lodge paid a very special visit to Colin to present a certificate of commemoration, on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master. Although in poor health Colin thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and all present joined him for a celebratory nip of single malt Scotch, which is his favourite tipple.

Many thanks go to W.Bro Hugh Macleod for the submission of this article.

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