Freemasons from Sandwich gathered on the quay on the morning of August 25th, the first day of the Sandwich Festival. They were there to formally hand over a bench to Sandwich Town Council to celebrate the tercentenary of the formation of the first Freemasons’ Grand Lodge. The bench was received by the Town Mayor and Speaker of the Cinque Ports, Councillor Paul Graeme, in full mayoral regalia.
The bench has a plaque fitted commemorating the event and Jake Jackson, speaking on behalf of the Sandwich Freemasons, said: “all the Freemasons of Sandwich had contributed to the project and were proud to present the bench for the use, relaxation and pleasure of the residents of Sandwich and its visitors.”
The Mayor of Sandwich, Councillor Paul Graeme responded with grateful thanks saying: “Projects like this were always needed in the town. The bench would remind all who used it how important Freemasons have been since they were first established in Sandwich 150 years ago”.
The morning was concluded with a champagne celebration held against the backdrop of the Freemasons’ mobile display unit serving as a reception, information and greeting area for the formal dedication.
Report: Jake Jackson, photos: Daniel Friend