On a dark, grey morning that produced a mixture of heavy rain and winds approaching gale force, the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison was joined by a large number of fellow Masons for the Remembrance Sunday service held at the cenotaph on the promenade at Morecambe.
Such was the inclemency of the weather that despite a dispensation having been granted, it proved impractical for Masonic collars to be worn and raincoats and umbrellas were deployed instead.
The foul weather however, did not deter a large turnout for the event and many Masons were ‘on parade’ representing a number of military and civil associations in addition to lending their support to the PrGM.
The parade mustered in The Platform, prior to marching along Marine Road led by Morecambe Band. The various organisations were joined at the cenotaph by an impressive number of the public who had braved the elements.
The service commenced with the band playing ‘Nimrod’ by Elgar and the two minutes silence was respectfully observed followed by the laying of the wreaths, hymns and prayers. Tony Harrison laid a wreath on behalf of Lancaster and Morecambe Masons, which bore the simple inscription “In memory of our fallen brethren”. Wreaths were also laid by Geoff Bury and Geoff Needham on behalf of Morecambe Mark Masons.
As the service ended the parade marshal, unmistakably a retired warrant officer dismissed the attendees in stentorian tones before inviting the military associations to participate in a ‘march past’ on route to the dismissal point.