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The Brothers Selfie!

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October 2017

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Simon Craig Steele, attended Birtley Masonic Hall to join the Brethren of St Georges’ for an evening celebrating brothers Ian and Ken Self’s 50 years in Masonry. This was to be a very relaxed evening with the Master, David Hall opening the lodge therefore leaving the rest of the evening just to concentrate on Ian and Ken’s celebration.

Acting Director of Ceremonies Gary Halliday conveniently positioned three chairs in front of the dace before Craig, Ian and Ken sat down to have an informal ‘chat’ in front of the well attended lodge meeting.

With just a year in age between them, both Ian and Ken attended Washington Technical School before heading off into their respective careers. After University, Ian went into Town and Country planning, working for the Washington Development Corporation as a chartered town planner at a very important time for the change in industry, landscape and community of Washington in the sixties and seventies.

On the other hand Ken went into teaching after the completion of a Master’s degree at Sunderland University, returned as a Design and Technology teacher at Bede College his teaching experience continued at Blaydon and Kenton Comprehensive schools, before becoming an advisory teacher with Gateshead Local Authority which lead onto Ofsted training and the progression as a schools inspector covering the whole country.

Where their respective careers had led them in separate paths that wasn’t the case for their Masonic life, heavily influenced from their grandfather, father and uncle, Ian and Ken were Initiated, Passed, Raised and Exalted together, eventually following each other into the masters chair of St Georges and to witness tonight’s special occasion, their uncle Arthur Self was proudly in attendance.

Likewise Ian and Ken share common interests in their chosen hobbies, both singing for the Felling male voice choir, of which Ken is the Chairman, both are avid Sunderland supporters, and very keen golfers (of which there must be some rivalry there!)

At the end of this lively discussion, Craig then presented his first ‘double brother’ award and read the certificate citation out, which honoured these both well-respected Masons and gentleman.

After a few ‘selfies’ the evening continued with a fine Festive Board finished off by Craig responding  to the Provincial toast informing the brethren how much he had enjoyed attending this, his first ‘double brother’ 50 year celebration, of Ian and Ken Self, and continued by thanking the lodge for their warm welcome.

This had been a great evening, enjoyed by everyone, who came to celebrate these brothers, who have both been very active in their chosen profession, community, hobbies and more especially their Freemasonry.

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