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Long Live the King | Durham Freemasons

Aclet Lodge may well have been one of the first masonic lodges to toast the newly crowned King.  The lodge held its meeting on Bank Holiday, Monday the 8th May and the Master, Robert Dickenson opened the lodge in the usual manner.  After the opening business was concluded, George Siddle, of Vane Lodge rose to his feet trumpet in hand and played a wonderful fanfare, followed by the National Anthem.  The lodge Master Robert then proclaimed our King, King Charles III.  This resulted in the brethren responding with great gusto “Long live the King” with a three-cheer salutation following.

The lodge was then closed in due form and the attending brethren moved downstairs for a whisky toast and again the national anthem was sung.  Toasts followed to the King and the Grand Master. The business was concluded by 19:30 hours with the brethren returning home to their families to conclude the Bank Holiday.

This was certainly a novel idea and the lodge members and visitors alike approved of this gesture on this most auspicious occasion, a timely and significant show of recognition to our new Monarch.

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