The fabulous surroundings of Blackpool Winter Gardens Ballroom were a fitting venue to celebrate the end of the West Lancashire, Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival.
The North Fylde Group came together, not only to mark the end of the Festival but to thank Peter Greathead for his service to the group. Peter retired from his role as group chairman during the spring, but because of the pandemic the group was unable to show him the gratitude that he deserved for the years of service to the group.
The evening started with almost 700 Masons and their partners from across the Province gathering for drinks in the Spanish Hall before moving to the ballroom for a lavish feast accompanied by stunning entertainment from the Greenalls Brass Band and the Singing Waiters.
At the end of the meal came the toasts and speeches from among whom were none other than the Assistant Grand Master Sir David Hugh Wooton, President of the Masonic Charitable Foundation Richard Hone, our own Festival President James Tony Harrison and Festival Chairman Philip Preston with the announcement that the total raised was a magnificent £3,504,423 – this is a wonderful amount as a lot of potential donations were never made because of the protracted closure of lodges and chapters during the pandemic. The North Fylde Group raised a stunning amount of £214,000.
If anyone ever needed a reason to consider becoming a Freemason then the result of this Festival is a good reason because it shows where the heart of Freemasonry lies – in charity. It made every Mason proud to be a Freemason that night. On behalf of the North Fylde Group, a huge thanks to all who contributed and to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for its marvellous and wonderful charity work.
Article by Peter Clay and Peter Dunn.