The brethren of Lathom Lodge No 2229 and their many guests gathered at Litherland Masonic Hall for their installation ceremony, to witness Colin Shannon being installed as their new WM.
For the evenings ceremony the lodge was honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Ogden as the principal guest, who was accompanied by Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman Graham Chambers, grand officers Fred Wright, Ian Gee, Ron Elliott, Roy Pyne and Arend van Duyvenbode and accompanied by acting Provincial grand officers, Chris Taylor and Phil Barr.
The WM Neil MacSymons started the meeting by welcoming everyone before opening the lodge and once the initial lodge business had been completed, the acting DC for the evening Joe Williams, entered the temple and announced that David Ogden was without and demanded admission; David was then admitted into the temple proceeded by the grand officers, acting Provincial grand officers and Stephen Oliver and Russell Skidmore who acted as Provincial Deacons for the ceremony. Neil then warmly welcomed David to the ceremony and offered him the gavel of the lodge, which David gracefully declined.
The master elect, Colin Shannon was then presented to the lodge by the presenting officer Ian Gee and after Colin had taken his obligation, the outgoing WM thanked the brethren for all their support and hard work they had given him during his year in office.
Neil then proceeded to install Colin, according to ancient custom into the chair of King Solomon. The working tools for the three degrees being delivered by Neil in an excellent and proficient manner.
The address to the WM was given by Ian Pye, the address to the brethren as is traditional in Lathom Lodge was given by the IPM, Neil MacSymons.
At the end the ceremony, David addressed the brethren by bringing the congratulations from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, wishing Colin and all the brethren the very best of health and hoping they enjoy their Masonic year. David then went over and thanked Neil for the excellent ceremony and Joe Williams for the work he had done as DC that evening and finally thanking all those involved with the ceremony.
Colin then presented David with a cheque for £750 to the West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival, making Lathom Lodge a Patron of the 2021 Festival. David thanked the brethren of the lodge for their very generous and worthy donation, before having the privilege to present Colin on behalf of the lodge with their Patron certificate for the MCF 2021 Festival.
After closing the lodge in prayer and harmony, the brethren made their way to an excellent festive board which was enjoyed by all the brethren.