Southport’s oldest lodge, Lodge of Unity No 613 which was consecrated in 1853, became the lodge with the newest Freemason this week by initiating Larry Ackerman, a personal shopper at the Tesco Town Lane store, Southport.
Having been proposed by Rudi Goodlad IPM and successfully balloted for in March, Larry was left in the safe hands of Stan Martin of Banks Lodge No 7213, who was performing the duties of tyler for the evening.
The lodge was opened by WM Mike Eccles who conducted the normal business of the lodge and on completion Mike stated that the next item would be to initiate Larry into this very distinguished lodge.
Sam Jackson, the inner guard, initially challenged Larry on entering, before being received into the lodge by Charles Gibbs the junior deacon and Brian Ogden senior deacon, both of whom are very established Freemasons themselves in terms of years of service.
Mike and the deacons were word perfect during the initiation ceremony as was Chris Teesdale senior warden, who had the very honourable task of investing Larry with the distinguishing badge of an entered apprentice Freemason.
Ron Ormandy presented the working tools of the first degree to Larry with great warmth. Lodge secretary Derek Hudson delivered the charge after initiation in an exemplary manner before Larry was formally congratulated by Mike, lodge treasurer Neil Latham, lodge mentor George Wilkie and members, on becoming the newest Freemason in the oldest lodge in the Southport Group.