With the amalgamation of the Ormskirk and Bootle Group of Lodges and Chapters members were pleased to have Robert Wright as their Assistant Provincial Grand Master. With this change the Ormskirk and Litherland Masonic Halls, have now had the privilege to display a portrait of Robert in their buildings, along with his predecessors over the years.
Robert, on being told by the group that they wished to display a portrait of him, was informed that George Skarratts of Bootle Chapter No 1473 had produced and mounted the portraits for past Assistants of the old Bootle group, which are on view at the Litherland Masonic Hall.
After receiving this information Robert approached George and asked him if he would like to mount three portraits of him, with one picture to be placed in the three Masonic Halls, Ormskirk, Litherland and Southport which all come under the area for which Robert is the Assistant. On being approached George said: “I was more than happy to oblige Robert’s request in mounting the photographs for the halls, I have known Robert and his late father Roger for over 25 years and it is a great privilege for me to be involved.”
Once George had completed the work, a meeting was arranged for Robert and George to exchange the three portraits at the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity office in Huyton, where George proudly presented the completed portraits to Robert along with the name and date plaques.
Following the presentation of the two portraits dedicated to our group they have been displayed in the respective halls. The portrait of Robert for the Ormskirk Masonic Hall, has been placed on the wall in the Masonic temple. The portrait presented to the Litherland Masonic hall has been positioned in the corridor leading to the main lodge room, alongside portraits of the past Assistants from David McCormick to the present day, with Robert’s portrait now displayed in line with them.
The corridor in the Litherland hall has the affectionate name ‘The Rogues Gallery’ named by many of the Masons who meet there. With the addition of the new portrait all the plaques with the names of the assistants and the dates of their tenure, have also been replaced by George.