by Sian Jones, Wigan Today, 8th Dec 2022

Wigan Freemasons took part in the ceremony to install the new Provincial Grand Master. Thousands of Freemasons from across West Lancashire gathered at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. Mark Matthews, from Southport, became leader of the 8000 Freemasons in the region. The installation was conducted by a team of high-ranking Freemasons. It was the first time in 41 years that the Pro Grand Master had officiated at such an event.

The ceremony was in two parts, with Mark also being installed as Grand Superintendent of the Royal Arch Province of West Lancashire. There was a display of pageantry, with all participants wearing their regalia, including aprons, chains and collars. A celebratory luncheon was enjoyed by all in between the ceremonies.