St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious festival has evolved into a whole array of different festivals and celebrations around the world, all with one common theme – a whole lot of green. And the festive board at the meeting of Heysham Lodge No 4108 was no exception.
The evening started soberly enough with Anthony Jones being raised in fine style by the master Benjamin Yates and his officers in the lodge room at Morecambe Masonic hall. However, the meeting coincided with St Patrick’s Day and the opportunity to celebrate was never going to be turned down, especially as some of the brethren from Heysham Lodge have very strong links with their ‘mother country’.
The festive board was held true to the best of Irish traditions with free Guinness on offer, although it has to be said the price of a glass to drink the Guinness went to charity. Richard Dennison held a ‘Dublin swindle’ which raised the magnificent sum of £215 and a Jamieson whiskey draw added a further £100. The whole evening raised a total of £547, including what was put on the charity plate in the lodge room.
Among the many guests enjoying the obligatory Irish ‘craic’ were members of Morecambe Lodge No 1561 who were on their fraternal visit. The evening finished with Nigel Parrish playing a rousing selection of Irish songs, with of course many of the brethren singing along in fine voice. A fine evening was had by all.
Article by Paul Thompson. Photographs courtesy of Alan Long and Bob Malcolm.