Another jubilee celebration was held at Wellington Park, the home of Leyland Masonic Hall, and this time it was the turn of Allan Scott a member of Carnarvon Lodge No 2376. There were over 70 members and visiting brethren in attendance to bear witness to this well-deserved recognition.
WM Derek Sherlicker opened the lodge in a celebratory mood and before long Assistant Provincial Grand Master Ray Martland had been admitted into the lodge room and was thanking the brethren for a very warm welcome. Taking the lodge gavel from Derek when offered to him, Ray said “I will keep it for the purposes of this evenings ceremony”, and in due course occupied the chair of King Solomon to lead the jubilee celebration.
Ray then led the proceedings by firstly inviting Allan to take a seat on the floor of the lodge. Ray began by reading out the biography of Allan Scott saying to Allan: “This is indeed a wonderful milestone in your Masonic journey and you can now add golden jubilee to your portfolio.”
1936 was an important year for a number of reasons: George V was on the throne until his death on 20 January. Edward VIII then became King until his abdication on 11 December, followed by King George VI thereafter. The speaking clock was introduced and Pinewood Studios was opened. It was also in that year that Allan was born to his parents Margaret and Allan. Aged five, Allan attended school in Charnock Richard before the family moved over to Maltkiln Farm, which necessitated moving school to St James at Moss Side, Leyland. Following an accident whilst out climbing trees aged nine, Allan was off school for a number of weeks. Aged 11, Allan joined the Secondary Modern School at Leyland and enjoyed playing cricket for the Leyland schoolboy’s as a batsman he also enjoyed billiards and snooker.
Ray continued by saying Allan left school aged 15 and went out milking cows at 4:30am. At the age of 16 Allan’s health took a turn for the worse spending a period of time in Preston Royal Hospital before moving to Long Sands at Fulwood. He returned home after having a slipped epiphysis in his left leg which took a further 10 years to gradually improve. On a visit to Eccleston Church Hall back in 1956 when Allan was aged 20, he met Alice Thompson and they were married two years later. Their daughter Lynn came along in 1963. Allan started work at Leyland Motors and in 1973 was sadly made redundant when aged 57. He then went to work with his wife at Bygone Times in Eccleston, calling it a day at age 58.
Allan’s family were members of Carnarvon Lodge and it was only befitting that he too became a member along with his father. There were also three uncles and two cousins in the Craft. He was initiated into Carnarvon Lodge in 1965 and he went through the chair in 1980; he was ADC in 1982 and became DC in 1995 for eight years. Alan’s first Provincial appointment was in 1991 when he became PPrJGD and was then promoted in 1999 to PPrJGW. Allan was exalted into Leyland Chapter No 4249 in 1973 and became first principal in 1986, he was ADC in 1988 and DC from 1995 for nine years. His first Provincial appointment was PPrAGSoj in 1993 followed by promotion to PPrGSN in 2000. Allan was also the almoner of the chapter for six years.
Stewart Seddon, Chairman of the Leyland Group, then read the certificate of acknowledgment from the Provincial Grand Master, following which Ray Martland presented the certificate as an appreciation and commemoration of Allan’s 50 year service to Freemasonry before the lodge was closed.
At the festive board several toasts were made including one to Ray Martland by Stewart Seddon, followed closely by the toast to the celebrant by Colin Gill, a close and personal friend. In Allan’s response he thanked all those who had made the arrangements, all who had attended the celebration and of course Wellington Park and the staff for providing comfortable surroundings and an enjoyable meal.