115 members and guests packed into temple one at Cheshire View to join in the celebration of Peter Booths 50th Anniversary on 15 December. Peter was originally from the Up-Holland area of Wigan and worked as a Manager of the District Bank before transfer to Congleton and finally Chester where he made his home and joined Westminster Lodge.
George Mann, APGM related some of the stories behind freemasonry in the Wigan Area including the Grand Lodge of Wigan, coal smuggling at Up-Holland, the reason why Wigan people are called “Pie Eaters” and burial of the last highway man in Britain. Peter eventually retired from the Bank in Chester and started his own newspaper business at Upton before moving to his new home at Mollington where he tends his garden and attends as many Masonic Meetings as time permits.
The evening was attended by a regiment of Grand Officers from Cheshire and North Wales together with excellent support from Acting Provincial Officers. Peter is a member of many degrees including the Red Cross of Constantine where he holds Grand Rank.
At the Festive Board the Lodge raffled their traditional Christmas Hampers and generated in excess of £1000 which will be donated to local charities.
During the evening Peter was promoted to the new rank of PPrSGW. by the DPGM Alan Glazier. A splendid evening of celebration that will be remembered by Peter for many years to come.
Pictured here are some of Cheshire’s Acting Provincial Officers who supported the evening, Alan Glazier, Peter Booth and George Mann centre.
Peter Booth Celebrates his 50th Anniversary