On Remembrance Sunday, Wearside Masonic Temple had the pleasure of opening its doors once again and welcoming members and veterans of the Armed Forces, Police Service, Fire Service, various youth organisations, their families and friends alike. It has become a pleasing duty over the last few years to provide the members of the military and uniformed services a base of operations where they can prepare for their parade duties, shelter from the cold and grab a cup of tea or a free bacon sandwich; a small token of appreciation for all the work they do for us.
From 9am, the James Hall Suite began to fill up with a myriad of different uniforms from various regiments, squadrons and units. At 10:30am, the parade formed up and the deputation of Sunderland Freemasons were proud to join this important civic occasion. The poppy wreaths of our Masonic cohort were laid by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Norman Eric Heaviside, on behalf of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham and W Bro Richard Davison, PPGStwd, Secretary of Wearside Masonic Temple on behalf of the brethren of Sunderland. After reforming in the column, the parade passed by the steps of the Sunderland Museum where the order was given for "eyes right" as the Mayor took the salute. Passing onto Toward Road, the brethren then made their way back to Wearside Masonic Temple for refreshments.
Especial thanks must be given to Sarah, Terry, Tony, Steve, Roy, Paul, Ronnie and everyone else who assisted in setting up the catering facilities and also W Bro Bernard Hope for his coordination of the parade with the civic authorities. Photographs are courtesy of PGLDurham https://www.flickr.com/photos/92541702@N07/