On Wednesday 12th December 1973 Eddie Durr was exalted into Chapter of Unity and Perseverance No 580 at Ormskirk Masonic Hall and to celebrate his 50 years as a Royal Arch Mason, the companions of the chapter held a memorable convocation in his honour.
Unfortunately, Eddie who is now 90 years old was unable to attend in person due to mobility problems and awaiting hospital treatment. However, Malcolm Alexander, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, Group Chairman Graham Chambers and Trevor Tomlinson a long-term chapter member and friend, visited him at his home where he was presented with his certificate in recognition of 50 years’ service to the chapter.
Attending the convocation were 16 companions, at which copies of the original summons from 1973 were circulated. After the minutes of the last regular convocation had been signed, Stewart Cranage as scribe Ezra rose to advise the companions that the minutes of the convocation held 50 years ago had also been circulated and requested that anyone else present at that convocation should re-confirm the minutes in the manner usually accustomed amongst Royal Arch Masons.
During the meeting, all companions present, under the guidance of the first principal, Leon Teasdale, recited their obligation in the name of Eddie Durr to respect and honour his 50 years of dedicated service to the chapter and group during which time he had been elevated to the rank of PPGSN and served as first principle from 1985 to 1987 inclusive. This was followed by an explanation of the Stave Ensigns which were given jointly by the three principals.
The companions retired to the festive board for a traditional British style fish and chips, which it is believed was the same menu as served 50 years previously at Ormskirk Masonic Hall. Many toasts to Eddie’s good health were proposed and memorable tales told which were well received by all. A 50-year celebratory card was also distributed and signed by all those present. It is planned to invite Eddie to a private celebration as soon as possible when his personal circumstances prove more favourable.