A large number of Durham Mark Masons headed south to London and the Mark Promotions meeting. They were there to both enjoy the meeting and support those that were receiving promotions in Grand Lodge.
There was a good turn out with over 30 brethren arriving by various trains, fortunately without any delays this time. With some spare time before everyone had to be in their places, many took the opportunity to explore the building, walk around the nearby streets or enjoy the bar.
Three Durham brethren received Mark Promotions, Martin Rankin and Robert Taylor Watson both received Past Junior Deacon and John Nye being promoted to Past Junior Overseer which makes him a Very Worshipful Brother. Congratulations are extended to all for their deserved new ranks.
In the grand hall the recipients are seated in allocated seats to make proceedings run smoothly and everyone else takes the remaining seats. Many Durham brethren occupied the back of the hall which gave a clear view of the dais and proceedings.
There was some initial business before the promotions part of the meeting was arranged. All the acting DCs and Stewards along with other assistants lined up ready to take each recipient to the dais in procession for their respective promotion, each one being given an applause by those attending.
It was a wonderful coincidence that when Martin was to be escorted in procession, out of all the possible officers to assist, it just happened to be John Watts who was the next in line. This made for a special moment for both of them, but even more so when at the dais, the acting Deputy Grand Master was our own Denny Wilson.
After the meeting was closed, everyone made their way for a quick photo opportunity before departing for their meal. Some would stay for the meal at the Connaught Rooms and were treated to a fine meal and an opportunity to meet brethren from other Provinces.
As it seems customary, the party continued on the train back home. It was a day to remember for those who received Mark Promotions and congratulations extend to them.