The Market Hall at Hawkshead was the setting for the festivities to mark Dave Kellet’s golden jubilee as a Mason. As Dave is apt to point out, he has only one letter ‘T’ in his name – the same as Kent, Duke of!
Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Grainger was on hand to lead the celebration as 70 members and guests of Hawkshead Lodge No 4354 gathered together for this very special occasion. David was accompanied by the two wardens of the Province Mike Threlfall and Peter Schofield, along with other acting Provincial grand officers in the persons of John Houlding, John Broadhurst, Harry Kilgour, Graham Benson and Scott Devine. All were under the watchful eye and gentle direction of Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Keith Kemp.
A very keen and active Mason, Dave is well known throughout the Province not only in the Craft but also through having achieved high office in a number of orders. Kendal resident Dave is the current Third Provincial Grand Principal of the neighbouring Royal Ach Province of Cumberland and Westmorland.
David commenced with detailing the events that took place in 1943 the year when Dave was born. He also pointed out that he shared his year of birth with Cilla Black, Freddie Starr, Mick Jagger and a certain David Grainger.
For 41 years he was employed at K Shoes in Kendal becoming an expert model maker ensuring that the ideas of the designers could be translated into footwear which could be practically produced.
During his Masonic career Dave has been the master of Hawkshead Lodge on three occasions and has held every office of the lodge including three spells as secretary. He was a founder member of Lonsdale Lodge of Installed Masters No 9422 in 1992 and became its master in 2005. He is proud to be a Mason and is not shy in letting everyone know that he enjoys it with his readily recognisable laugh being regularly heard in Masonic halls throughout the region.
The Cumberland and Westmorland Fishing Association was founded in 2011 with the aim of helping disabled children and adults to enjoy angling. Dave has been the chairman since its inception. So it was only apt that to mark the occasion he was presented with a cheque for £200 to go towards that good cause.
There was to be a further surprise, as before vacating the chair of the lodge David announced that Dave had been promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden and he invested him with the collar of that rank. Many remarked that this was a unique event in that the announcement had rendered Kellet, with one T, speechless, albeit only for a brief moment! There then followed an enforced visit to the local hostelries whilst the room was prepared for the celebratory meal.
The lodge is lucky in having as its organist Paul Gregson who is a very accomplished musician and after the formal toasts, at the request of Dave, the evening continued with a sing-a-long to which Paul provided the accompaniment as he made the organ sound as if a full orchestra was in the room. The conclusion was a “Last Night of the Proms” finale with flags and voices all enthusiastically raised. It was an entirely appropriate way to bring to an end an evening celebrating the 50th anniversary of such a popular and cheerful Mason.