It is not often that in one night you can be initiated into Freemasonry and receive an audience from one of the most famous people in the land, but this is exactly what happened when Heysham Lodge No 4108 were treated to a very splendid ceremony to initiate a Jamie Unsworth. Unbeknown to many of the 80 brethren present a number of special visitors had arrived at Morecambe Masonic Hall and had hidden away until the festive board was underway, at which point and with great fanfare, Santa plus a couple of his elves made their presence known. Rumour has it that Santa looked very much like Bob Malcolm and that two of his elves looked very much like Richard Dennison and Barry Robinson but all three deny being linked with the above.
Apart from surprising Jamie with his presence, Santa’s other task on the evening was to ask if there was a young man called Billy Melrose in the room. When little Billy put up his hand, Santa asked if he had been a good boy for the 50 years he had been a Mason. It seems Billy who has been a joining member of Heysham Lodge since 2005 had joined Robert Burns Lodge No 440 in Glasgow in 1966. This had been the first time Billy had been able to visit Heysham Lodge since he had celebrated his golden anniversary in Masonry and all agreed that to celebrate such an auspicious event (and since he had behaved himself) Billy should be presented with a fine bottle of malt whisky, to which everyone gave a justifiable round of applause.
In true Heysham tradition the whole evening was an event of fund raising and joviality. Nigel Parrish, guest singer for the evening, had the brethren singing along to Christmas carols, together with songs from his own ‘greatest hits album’, whilst Heysham Lodge’s very own Alan Lapworth played melodies from his ‘platinum disc album’; both special guests were much appreciated. The raffle and the now customary whisky draw raised over £360, whilst a collection earlier in the evening for the lodge widows had raised £115.
Article written by Paul Thompson.