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Tyne Dock Lodge Receive Centenary Warrant


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It was a great night at Tyne Dock Lodge No 4218 at the South Shields Hall when a Provincial Deputation visited them to celebrate over a century of freemasonry at South Shields.


VWBro Stephen William Walker, Deputy Provincial Grand Master in charge, was unable to be present due to Covid, but sent a warm message of congratulations to the lodge, and over 70 brethren were present to see Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Clinton Eliot Leeks OBE ,PAGStB present the newly installed Worshipful Master Paul Pollock with the Centenary Warrant.


The lodge had been unable to celebrate its centenary date in 2021 due to Covid- 19 restrictions, but brethren took full opportunity to mark the occasion of the lodge’s 101st anniversary with great enthusiasm!


The Deputation and the lodge were greatly entertained and informed by a presentation by Lodge Secretary Thomas Turner, of the lodge’s history stretching back to 1714.


Thomas proceeded with huge energy to describe the range of masonic characters who had led or helped shape the lodge in the past century. The Worshipful Master then presented Clinton with a very generous cheque for £4218 towards the coffers of Durham Benevolence, and all adjourned after photos to a fine banquet at the Festive Board, which among a blizzard of toasts included a beautiful rendition by several of the constabulary brethren of the lodge of “Tyne Dock Harmony”.


All in all, a fine South Shields evening!

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