Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent
Past APGM Alan Eadie Celebrates 60 Years Of Freemasonry

V.W. Bro. Alan Eadie PAPGM PGJO RAMGR recently, (28th January), celebrated 60 years since becoming a Freemason at his Mother Craft Lodge, St Nicholas Lodge 1676 which meets at the Byker Masonic Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Past APGM Alan Eadie Celebrates 60 Years Of Freemasonry

Shortly after the Lodge was opened, Bro. Steven Kirtley, ProvAGDC was admitted to the Lodge and informed the Worshipful Master that W. Bro. Alasdair Watson, an Assistant Provincial Grand Master in the Masonic Province of Northumberland sought admission.

Once the regular business of the Lodge had been completed, W. Bro. Watson requested that W. Bro. Eadie be escorted to the centre of the Lodge, after which the Brethren were called to order and squared the Lodge. W. Bro. Roger Bishop - Worshipful Master and Bro. Trevor McBean - Secretary were requested to accompany the APGM, enter the square and stand opposite W. Bro. Eadie.

Alan's 60 year certificate was then read in open Lodge before the assembled Brethren and presented to him. W. Bro. Watson congratulated W. Bro. Eadie on his wonderful achievement and was able to give a brief outline of some of the aspects of W. Bro. Alan's extensive Masonic career from initiation into the Lodge through to his appointment to Grand Rank.

For example, not only has W. Bro. Eadie been a member of the Masonic Philatelic Club since its formation, giving regular lectures, but he is also a Life Member of the Mark Token Collectors Club and a Founder of the Jewels of the Craft Study Circle. His early and continuing interest in masonic research saw him become a member of the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle way back in 1965. He has received several awards for his work including the much-coveted Norman B Spencer Prize Essay Competition sponsored by the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076. The subject of the Essay was the secretive 'Knights Grand Cross of Jerusalem based in Newcastle upon Tyne'.

W. Bro. Alan thanked W. Bro. Alasdair for his kind words and observations and also thanked the Worshipful Master, Officers and Brethren for their warmth. W. Bro. Iain Howland of the Lodge Paisley St Mirren No. 129 on the Roll of the Grand Lodge of Scotland then presented his cousin, W. Bro. Alan. with a Scottish 60 Year Jewel.

A third-generation Freemason, Alan left Newcastle upon Tyne in 1953 for employment in London. This meant that for his Initiation, Passing and Raising he traveled up by train to attend the St Nicholas Lodge meetings and returned back to London on the overnight train for work the following day.

He was Advanced into Orpington Mark No. 1083 in 1983 and Elevated into its anchored Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 1985 occupying the chair of both in 1990 and 1989 respectively. . In the Mark Province of Kent he was an Assistant Provincial Grand Master from 2005 to 2008 and the Worshipful Master of the Kent Installed Mark Masters Lodge in 2007. Alan was appointed to Mark Grand Rank in 1997 an active AGDC, promoted to PGSD in 2003 and PGJO in 2008. He has also held R.A.M.GR since 1997.

As you might expect, he is also a member of a number of the other progressive/companion Orders of Freemasonry administered from Mark Masons' Hall.

We are sure that you will join us in wishing Alan many more active and happy years in Freemasonry.

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