On 11 November 2018 it had been 100 years to the day since the guns fell silent on the western front. At cenotaphs and services of remembrance held at Morecambe, Lancaster, Garstang and Carnforth, Freemasons from lodges and chapters of the Lancaster and District Masonic Group braved inclement weather to honour fallen brethren and service personnel from past and present conflicts.
At Garstang there was a very good turnout of Freemasons, many of whom were accompanied by wives or partners, despite a very wet morning. Leaving the Discovery Centre car park at 09:10 the procession paraded to the parish church for a Service of Remembrance. The parade then moved to the cenotaph where wreaths were laid.
Group vice chairman Scott Devine laid a wreath on behalf of the Freemasons of Garstang and District. He was accompanied at the cenotaph by David Hodkinson of Great Eccleston Lodge No 8895 who laid a cross in memory of his father Percy Charles Hodkinson, who was one of the 379 men who were lost when aircraft carrier HMS Dasher sank following a major explosion in the Firth of Clyde on 27 March 1943, when David was just six months old.
At Morecambe, the group secretary Chris Larder led a strong contingent of local Freemasons whilst at Lancaster wreaths were laid by Bob Palmer, Malcolm Morrison and Gordon Brown, WM of Duke of Lancaster Lodge No 1353. At Carnforth, another strong showing of local Freemasons joined Evan Beswick, WM of Warton Lodge No 8411, who laid a wreath on behalf of all Freemasons that meet at Carnforth.
Once again, all the brethren should be proud that Freemasonry was again able to demonstrate such a strong commitment to our community duty.