Although Downshire Lodge No 594 was formed in 1851, it was not until 1878 that the associated Downshire Chapter No 594 came into existence. It is entirely possible that for the first time in its history the chapter exalted twin brothers into its membership. Steven and Alan Riley were both initiated into Downshire Lodge a few short years ago and decided they would like to further their Masonic knowledge and experience by taking the next most advisable step, to enter Royal Arch Masonry.
The obvious choice was to follow in the footsteps of their father Alan; a member of both Downshire Lodge and Downshire Chapter and it was thusthat a well-attended meeting was able to view this historic event. The ceremony took place at Liverpool Masonic Hall, within the magnificent Egyptian Suite, with their father Alan Riley acting as the principal sojourner, thus guiding them on the evening, as he had in their life, with their father’s great friend, Mike Thompson expertly performing the exaltation. Mike, a member of Bootle Chapter No 1473, was both humbled and honoured to be asked to perform such a role and it was obvious to all how much time and effort he had put in to make sure it all ran smoothly.
The whole evening went perfectly, and adding to the ambience throughout was Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Paul Shepherd and fellow grand officer Roy Pyne, both attending, not in their official capacity, but as friends and guests of the chapter.
It was at the festive board that Alan had the opportunity to speak on how proud he was of his twin sons and on how pleased he was when they first voiced their interest in Freemasonry, and to watch how they had grown into it and their enthusiasm expand. Steven replied to the toast on behalf of himself and his brother Alan and thanked their father for his guidance over the years.