WBro Mike Hendy reports that the members of REMAF recently enjoyed one of their exploration coach tours. Setting off by coach from Ellesmere Port Masonic Hall, Liverpool was their destination with the Adelphi Hotel being their first port of call. The Hotel was built in 1914 to provide first class accommodation to passengers travelling by train or ship via Liverpool. Following a splendid three-course lunch the members toured the hotel to see its spectacular chandeliers and fittings including the old Shoe-Shine chair and even a Freemasons Pedestal & Master’s Chair.
The next stop for the coach was at the waterfront to visit the Museum of Liverpool. Here they found one of the carriages from the much missed and world-famous Overhead Railway (‘the Dockers Umbrella’) which originally travelled the 7 mile length of the Liverpool Docks. It was opened in 1893 and operated successfully until it suffered heavy German Luftwaffe bomb damage during the Second World War. Unfortunately the costs of maintenance and the demise of the Liverpool Docks from their heyday finally took their toll and ‘the Umbrella’ closed in 1956. The Museum of Liverpool holds a bounty of items to suit everyone’s taste including a Masonic Jug dated circa1800.
REMAF will once again be setting off on their adventures on Wednesday 13th June 2018 when they will be exploring the sights (and no doubt, the gastronomic delights) of Buxton & Bakewell. If you would like to join this intrepid group, please contact Mike Hendy on 07758 251738; you will be made most welcome.