The 1759 demonstration team had been booked to perform at Anchor & Hope Lodge in Bolton for several months and the players had spent many evenings together practising the ritual from the middle of the 18th century. The final practice was a dress rehearsal and all went well.
We arrived early at the Masonic Hall in Bolton and set up our regalia and props in the centre of the huge Lodge room as members and visitors of Anchor & Hope trickled in to have a peek. In no time we were admitted to the proceedings and we went about delivering the actions and ritual from the year of 1759 to a packed Lodge room. The candidate for the performance was a Bro. Dean Woods who was well and truly initiated into ancient freemasonry assisted by the boisterous Junior Deacon. It was only after the performance that the Worshipful Master stated that the Lodge had been consecrated in 1732 and that their ritual was even earlier than that we had just delivered. Very amusing.
A donation of £300 was raised for ELMC and would be forwarded on behalf of the 1759 team.