In a very well attended meeting of Prescot Trinity Lodge No 3401, brethren saw the master, Geoffrey Black, carry out the first two items on the lodge circular and then call on Gerard Paton to conduct the next part of the business.
Ged duly occupied the chair of King Solomon and announced that the next item was to initiate Christopher James Paton, his son, into Freemasonry.
Duly prepared, Chris entered the lodge supported by the junior deacon, his cousin David Paton. All present realised that this was going to be special, particularly those who have not had the wonderful experience of initiating one of their offspring!
The atmosphere was tangible as the ceremony continued and Chris approached the junior warden of the lodge – his uncle, Michael Paton.
Chris was initiated in a ceremony that was carried out with passion, sincerity and accuracy by ‘Bro Dad’ and the members of the lodge. It was clear that the brethren, under the guidance of lodge director of ceremonies Arthur Monk, who delivered an impeccable charge, had worked very hard to achieve such a high standard that was greatly appreciated by the visitors.
At the sumptuous festive board, uncle Mike delivered an excellent resume of the proceedings to Chris before all the brethren sang the entered apprentice’s song to the tuneful accompaniment of Gratten Williams.
Article and photographs by Colin Rowling.