Before standing down from office next year, the Provincial Grand Master Rt.Wor.Bro.Noel Drain hosted the last of his Provincial Grand Lodge Social Evenings in The White Horse Hotel, Campsie, Co.Londonderry, on Wednesday 10th October 2018.
Over eighty widows , friends and senior brethren attended what turned out to be a very rewarding evening, prompting many to ask if there will be another get-together again next year.
The evening started with an extensive carvery followed by a sweet withtea/coffee.
The P.G.M. thanked the hotel for the gorgeous meal and gave a special word of thanks to Rt.Wor.Bro.John Cairns and Wor.Bro.Billy Wallace who were instrumental in co-ordinating arrangements for the night, not only in the White Horse Hotel but also in The Lodge Hotel Coleraine in September and Kee's Hotel, Stranorlar the previous week. He accorded his appreciation for the co-operation of all the Lodges especially Lodge Almoners who had devoted their time and effort into ensuring a good attendance of widows and senior Brethren.
The evening was truly justified as we witnessed many happy reunions among numerous guests, demonstrating exactly what Freemasonry is all about.
The compere for the night was Rt.Wor.Bro.Noel Drain and music was provided by The Two Degrees, and T/Bone. Rt.Wor.Bro.John Cairns gave us a rendition on the tin whistle and flute, as did Wor.Bro.Robert Black on bagpipes who closed the night after an excellent performance by the Killaloo Accordion Band.
The evening concluded in time-honoured Masonic tradition with the singing of Auld Lang Syne followed by the National Anthem.