As highlighted in issue 50 of the FMT publication, the organ in Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London, has been extensively restored by organ builders, Harrison & Harrison of Durham. This particularly brought out a feeling of pride for 93 year old Durham Freemason Albert Nunn. Albert was born in Shildon in 1927 and on leaving school he attended commercial college and in 1946 at the age of 19 started work at Harrison & Harrison as an understudy to the company Secretary a position he advanced to in 1954. The firm had moved to Durham in 1872 from Rochdale and became world famous for producing large and distinguished instruments. Albert said he knew nothing of the reputation of the company but he quickly learnt that they built or restored most of the large Cathedral organs in England, notably Durham Cathedral, York Minster, Windsor Castle, London Royal Festival Hall, Westminster Abbey and many locations overseas. In 1986 Harrison & Harrison built the organ in West Ham Parish Church where Albert accompanied by his late wife Jennie were honoured to meet the Queen Mother. The main principals of the work has not changed in 150 years, but new techniques have evolved with modern methods of construction being introduced.
Albert was initiated in into Flambard Lodge, Durham City in 1959 having been advised by his father a Shildon mason to join a lodge in the city nearer his place of employment. Albert had to wait some 4 years on the waiting list before being invited to join which was common practice in a province of over 20,000 members and now 61 years later he still enjoys attending meetings when feeling up to it. Albert retired in 1990 after 44 years’ service at Harrison & Harrison and is proud of his association with the company.
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”