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WBro Donald McMullen celebrates 60 years in Freemasonry


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WBro John David Watts Assistant Provincial Grand Master attended Liddell Lodge No3616 at Dunston Masonic Hall Thursday 24th January to present the Provincial Grand Master’s 60th certificate to WBro Donald McMullen PPGSwdB
The Lodge having been opened in due form, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master entered the temple accompanied by Officers of Grand Lodge and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham, after a warm welcome from WBro Ken Sleeth PPGReg Master, WBro John occupied the Masters Chair and informed the Brethren that because of ill health the candidate for the evening, Bro Christopher Allison was unfortunately unable to attend, as such he would proceed with the most important business of the evening, to present The Provincial Grand Masters 60 year certificate.
Don the Lodge organist at a tender age of 83 years a position he has occupied for some 41 years listened intently as his Masonic Career outlined, it began when he was initiated into Liddell Lodge No3613 on January 2nd 1953, he was then Passed on 26th February and raised 25th June of the same year becoming Master in1963. He subsequently went onto received Provincial honours Past Provincial Assistant Director of Ceremonies in 1971, and was further promoted to – Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 1997.

Don became a member of The Royal Arch in 1955 when Exalted into Liddell Chapter No3616 and enjoyed continuous membership until his resignation in 1990.

Having spent most of his working life as an Engineer at the Dunston CWS Flour Mill he went on to become Head of Maintenance at Gateshead College until retirement. Residing in Wickham he has been happily married to Margaret (Peggy) for 63 years, having both met whilst working at the Flour Mill together. A love of music saw Don in his younger years form the ‘Don McMullen Dance Band playing performing throughout Tyneside.

The Provincial Grand Masters citation was read by WBro Ian Dixon ProvAGDC on completion WBro John presented the 60th certificate; after which the secretary presented Don with a selection of Lodge Summonses dating back to his being Balloted for in open Lodge, his degree ceremonies and Installation as worshipful Master. Don thanked the Brethren and then made his own presentation to the Lodge of an Organists Jewell to be worn by his successor.

At this point the Brethren present were somewhat taken aback when the Assistant Provincial Grand Master proceeded to gavel and ask the Junior Warden What Time is It who dutifully replied before proceeding to call the Lodge to refreshment. Once closed WBro John explained that after discussion with the Worshipful Master, it was decided to use the available time to allow photographs to be taken, and after a short interlude the Lodge was the called to Labour and the business of the evening concluded. On giving greetings WBro Wilf Burns congratulated Don on his achievement, informing the Brethren that he himself had been initiated by Don in his year as Master and although living in the same street was unaware he was a Freemason until the completion the initiation ceremony, himself becoming Master in 1975.

At the festive board WBro John thanked the Brethren for their generous donation of £72 raised from the evenings raffle to be placed towards their relief chest. This memorable evening finally saw the Master present Don a keen Golfer, with a voucher for an all-inclusive overnight stay at a North east Golf and Country Hotel for Margaret and himself.

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