Southport is the furthest the 1759 Demonstration team have traveled to date to deliver a performance of antient 18th Century masonic ritual. But in reality it was a breeze. We all came by minibus with plenty of time to spare and we were received into Southport Masonic Lodge like conquering heroes.
The Southport Masonic Hall is a magnificent building on a par with Bridge Street in Manchester, and it was a pleasure to be shown around the facilities and guided to our dressing room.
The Candidate for the evening was selected by the brethren of Formby Lodge without any prior warning or notice to the victim, and it was with some surprise and trepidation that the brother was prepared and initiated into Masony in 1759 style. Performance wise it went well, and the audience, of which there were over 100, enjoyed the spectacle.
Our social board was also magnificent in that we had 100+ masons to dine in the grand festive board room. It really was a treat to be well received in such a spectacular building. Having over 900 masons enlisted in the building does help with supporting the Masonic Hall though.
All in all a great night at Southport and one that will be remembered for the grandeur of the building and the way we were received into it.