The 18th West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity annual dinner and cabaret, was held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre. The event was supported with 218 ladies and brethren attending this prestigious event.
The president of the charity, Tony Harrison (Provincial Grand Master) and his wife Maureen were the principal guests of the evening, which is organised by the WLFC as an opportunity for Masons throughout the Province to celebrate the work of the charity.
The evening began as brethren arrived with their ladies at 5pm for a ‘chat and a drink’ with friends – both new and old before taking their seats for dinner.
At 5:50 pm Mark Barton, who was acting as DC for the evening, asked the ladies and brethren to stand to greet Tony and Maureen Harrison who were accompanied by Andy Whittle (chairman of the organizing committee) and Amanda Whittle, Steve Kayne (Deputy CEO of the WLFC) and Linda Kayne with the party being led into the hall by Mark Barton.
The guests then stood for grace, which was given by Jenifer Levick, they then enjoyed a three course dinner, of melon on a bed of rocket with coulis, followed by a seared chicken breast with a chasseur sauce, seasonal potatoes and vegetables, trio of chocolate torte and cream, with freshly brewed Columbian coffee and mints to finish.
After dinner, the loyal toast was proposed by Andrew Whittle. Tony Harrison proposed the toast to the charity during which he thanked all the brethren and their ladies for supporting the event and made mention of how proud he was of all the support that the brethren of the province give to the charity. He mentioned that following the terrible events in Manchester recently that the charity had sent a £10,000 donation to the Province of East Lancashire, to assist them to help all those who had been affected by the incident and that the sum raised was now in excess of £1,000,000.
Steve Kayne in responding to the toast said: “We have a wonderful team in the Huyton office, they are a group of hard working, dependable and dedicated volunteers and I thank them all. I am so proud of our WLFC and I sincerely thank the trustees, the executive team and the volunteers, who all freely give of their time and energies in running and managing our very own West Lancashire Charity.”
A prize draw took place for the tombola-raffle that had taken place at the beginning of the dinner which raised £1,010. First prize of £300 M&S vouchers went to Yvonne and George Lund (Victoria Lodge No 2360), second prize of £200 M&S vouchers went to Andy Barton the Group Chairman of Warrington Group, third prize of £100 M&S vouchers went to Elsie and Paul McLachlan (Arthur Stanley Lodge No 3469), fourth prize of two tickets for a show at Southport Theatre went to Duncan Smith the Chairman of North Fylde Group.
Following a short break, the cabaret got underway, with compere David Hawkes introducing the Wayferers Chorus, who entertained the audience with a range of songs from the American songbook in true acapella style.
After another short break David introduced the Rockets, who following their success at the previous year’s, event were back by popular demand. The group are resident at the Cavern Club in Liverpool every Friday and Sunday evenings. They entertained everybody with a selection of the songs from the 1960’s, as well as a mix of swing, soul and disco, which had the guests on their feet, dancing until the end of the evening.