Recipients and brethren of the Eccles Group travelled to Blackpool to attend the Provincial Grand Lodge held at the Winter Gardens. The centre of Blackpool was streaming with well suited brethren carrying their briefcases and other forms of regalia baggage whilst they were enjoying the sunshine.
In attendance at the meeting were over 1,200 brethren who gathered to witness a colourful ceremony in the magnificent hall.
The Eccles Group were well represented in support of the brethren who were receiving appointments and promotions. The Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison appointed and invested 68 brethren with acting rank and 120 with their first appointments. Followed by the appointment and investiture of 190 brethren receiving promotion in Provincial grand rank.
Eccles Group also had representation with acting officers John Harrop (PrJGD) and Jerry Lawes (PrGStwd) taking part in the ceremony as their last duty of their year. Also, group vice chairman Stuart Boyd and group secretary Patrick Walsh attended to support the recipients.
The recipients from the Eccles group were:
Craig Sutton (PrAGDC) Andrew Lodge No 332
Stephen Rhodes (PrGStwd) Stretford with Trafford Lodge No 4379
Richard Cupitt (PPrSGD) Chorlton Lodge No 1387
Keith Dunbar (PPrSGD) Andrew Lodge No 3328
Michael Collier (PPrJGD) Egerton Worsley Lodge No 1213
Michael Goldstone (PPrJGD) Longford Lodge No 5900
James Birkett (PPrAGDC) Ellesmere Lodge No 3068
Jonathan Brownson (PPrGSwdB) Victoria Lodge No 1345
Arthur Marshall (PPrGSwdB) Trafford Park Broad Oak Lodge No 4486
Brian Lawrence (PPrGSuptWks) Lodge of Hope No 2679
David Pugh (PPrGSuptWks) Trafford Park Broad Oak Lodge No 4486
David Grimshaw (PPrDGSuptWks) Chorlton Lodge No 1387
On conclusion of the Provincial Grand Lodge the brethren made their way to the Hilton Hotel to enjoy a wonderful evening coupled with an excellent meal and wine where over 400 brethren shared fun and friendship to end a wonderful day.