Frank Cook celebrated his 50 years in Freemasonry with some style at a meeting of the Preston Lodge of Sincerity No 8085. The lodge room was full to capacity at the Norman Jepson Hotel to pay tribute to a larger-than-life brother.
Having had his introduction into Freemasonry through his work colleagues, Frank was initiated into Salwick Lodge No 7993, which was founded in 1964 by employees of British Nuclear Fuels, who worked at the Springfields works at Salwick. Unfortunately, the lodge closed in 2002 and Frank continued his Masonry with, quite literally, ‘sincerity’.
Past master of the lodge David Barlow delivered an entertaining, yet sincere account of Frank’s Masonic life. Frank could not help but add even more humour to the proceedings. He has strong links with Lodge Earl Haig No 1260 of the Scottish Constitution based in Fife. It was sad that due to COVID, the usual contingent of Scottish brethren were unable to attend.
Following the very entertaining and interesting Masonic ‘This is Your Life’ about Frank Cook, Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden and secretary of Preston Lodge of Sincerity, the Preston Group Chairman John Rimmer presented Frank with his 50-year certificate on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison.
The festive board following the ceremony was a true celebration in high spirits. The lodge members presented Frank with a selection of gifts that caused great humour, only to be exceeded by Frank’s response to the toast to his health.