The members of Marquis of Lorne Lodge No 1354 assembled to raise to the sublime degree of a master Mason their most recent candidate Azeez Amosun. The master of the lodge, Ian Fairhurst commented that he had not performed a third-degree ceremony since 1985; the last time that he had been in the chair.
Azeez, who is 38 and originally from Lagos in Nigeria proved his proficiency of the second degree with clarity and was suitably entrusted with the test of merit. Ian conducted the ceremony as if it was only yesterday that he had performed his most recent one. You would never have guessed it was over 30 years since his last one. Paul Crook the senior deacon did a splendid job assisting and guiding Azeez around the lodge and was warmly congratulated at the risings. Andrew Hardman, the Leigh Group Mentor then presented Azeez with the distinguishing badge of a master Mason.
Having the traditional history explained by Anthony Bent, Assistant Provincial Grand Master responsible for the Wigan, Leigh, St Helens and Prescot Groups, will surely live long in the memory of Azeez and many of the other brethren present, as Tony delivered a flawless explanation of its intricacies.
The working tools of the degree were presented and morally explained by Andrew Hardman. The lodge was then closed in due form and the brethren retired to the social board to enjoy the fine fayre and excellent company. David Phillips, warmly proposed the toast to the candidate to which Azeez responded with thanks, especially for the obvious hard work that the team had put in. He stated that he was eager to progress within the lodge and climb the ladder.
Article and photographs by Wayne Barnes.