Sunday, 1 October 2017

1st October celebrations


With the music still ringing in our ears from the magnificent Abbey organ at our Tercentenary celebration, here are the first rushes of pictures from the day, which was enjoyed by around 300 Masons, their wives, partners and families.

The day began with an ascent of Lord Hill's Column at the top of Abbey Foregate by some 25 intrepid climbers, who were given a short digest of the amazing history of this monument, erected to celebrate Viscount Rowland Hill, Wellington's second-in-command through the Peninsular campaign. 

The foundation stone was laid with Masonic ceremony on St John the Evangelist's Day, 27th December 2014, by members of Salopian Lodge 262 who included at that time the architect and Hill's nephew. The column, the tallest Doric column in the UK (and at one time in the world), measures 133.5 feet, and the statue (of Coade stone) stands 17 feet high. 

After a wonderful meal at the Lord Hill hotel nearby, a Choral Evensong service in Shrewsbury Abbey began with a Procession of the banners of the Shropshire lodges. 

Many Brethren were in regalia for the service, another novelty which lent the occasion a sense of pageantry and colour. The service included a sermon by the Rev Canon Michael Wilson, Grand Chaplain.

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