Chorley Lodge celebrates Pete’s 50th

1969 was very special year in Freemasonry as a very special person was initiated – his name is Peter Dawson.

It is always a pleasure to attend a 50th celebration as you discover a whole host of new things about someone that you thought you knew quite well. You learn a lot about the man and the Mason.

Stewart Seddon (left) and Peter Dawson.

Chorley Lodge No 6287 was privileged to be able to celebrate such a special occasion with Peter Dawson.

The lodge was opened by the WM Andrew Howarth, following which, the lodge was honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Stewart Seddon. Stewart was offered the gavel of the lodge, which he accepted.

On accepting the gavel, he then occupied the master’s chair for the most important part of the ceremony, delivering a rendition of Peter’s life story – the Masonic version of ‘This is your Life’.

He told the members of Chorley Lodge and their visitors that Peter was born in 1941 and went to work at Leyland Motors Ltd. He had enjoyed a wide and varied career during his time at “Motors”, working his way from apprentice to Assistant Transport Manager. Peter finished his career as museum manager of the British Commercial Museum.

Stewart then turned to Peter’s home life saying that he was born in 1941 in Chorley where he grew up with his two brothers, Bill and John and sister, Pat. He attended Duke Street County School prior to attending Southlands Secondary Modern School.

He met his wife Adrienne at the Wigan Empress Ballroom. They will have been happily married for 57 years and have three sons, Michael and twins Andrew and Simon as well as five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

WM Andrew Howarth (right) presents Peter Dawson with 50 years pin.

Stewart went on to detail Peter’s Masonic career saying that Peter’s journey through Freemasonry began on 17 March 1969 when he was initiated into Duxbury Lodge No 5930. He became its master in 1982 and 1992. Unfortunately, Duxbury Lodge handed in its Warrant, so he joined Standish Lodge and then finally joined Chorley Lodge.

Peter was promoted to the rank of PPrAGDC in 1993 and promoted to the high rank of PPrJGW in 2001. He was exalted into Chorley Chapter in 1971, and served as first principal in 1987. He attained the rank of PPrAGSoj in 1994.

The celebration concluded with the Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett reading a personalised certificate marking 50 years of Peter’s years in Freemasonry issued by the Province which was then presented to Peter by Stewart.

The social board followed, allowing Peter to celebrate with his colleagues of Chorley Lodge as well as friends from his mother lodge, Duxbury as well as those from St Annes Lodge and a contingent from the Wirral.

His friend Raymond Gore proposed Peter’s health, giving even more insights into Peter the man and the Mason. Peter responded to the toast and told even more tales of his 50 years.

The whole evening was a very special occasion for Peter and everyone who was there to celebrate his milestone in Freemasonry with him. The special occasion will be fondly remembered.

Peter Dawson (centre right) and Stewart Seddon (centre right) accompanied by grand and acting Provincial officers.