Horwich Chapter No 2324 was consecrated on 26 March 1895. Consequently, it was extremely fitting that on the eve of the chapter’s 120 years anniversary Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Paul Renton should be the guest of honour on the occasion of Ian Scott being installed as first principal in a marvellous manner by Bernard Davenport, with Gerry Kay installed as second principal and Bill Pearson installed as third principal.
Paul, who was representing the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, was accompanied by several grand and Provincial grand chapter officers including Ken Shaw, Frank Wilkinson and Tony Hall Vice Chairman of Chorley and District Group of lodges and chapters.
First principal Bernard Davenport with his second and third principals offered a warm welcome to Paul and the chapter’s distinguished guests on behalf of the companions of the chapter and hoped that everyone would have an enjoyable evening.
There were in excess of 50 companions who all witnessed an excellent ceremony as each of the three principals elect, Ian, Gerry and Bill, were then presented to each of the principals in turn for installation into their respective office. The whole ceremony was well managed by director of ceremonies David Harrison. The robe addresses were faultlessly delivered by Gary Smith, Allan Shields and Peter Rees.
Ian then appointed his officers for the ensuing year with style and confidence, following which Paul rose to convey congratulations and best wishes on behalf of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to the three principals and all who had taken part in producing a sincere ceremony. He likewise congratulated all of the companions in undertaking their new offices and on behalf of Tony; he wished everyone a successful and fulfilling year.
The companions retired to the festive board for an excellent meal with good wine and most of all exceedingly good company, the icing on the cake being David Harrison’s bravura rendition of the principals’ song accompanied by organist Ray Dainton.