In celebration of the tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Garston Group made the decision to hold an ‘extra special event’ in recognition of this momentous milestone in our Masonic history.
The ball was held at Liverpool Football Club stadium on a balmy early autumn evening, and was attended by over 200 group members, their partners and guests. Members of Garston Group were delighted to welcome Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and his wife Maureen, Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson and his wife Joan and Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Sam Robinson and his wife Julie. All of whom received a warm welcome on entering the banqueting suite accompanied by group chairman John Murphy and his wife Jan.
With local sporting rivalries set aside, the evening commenced with guided tours of the stadium and museum which provided many unique photographic opportunities. On returning to the banqueting suite guests were invited to have their photographs taken with the Champions League Trophy and the Milk Cup.
Group treasurer Barry Tomlinson said grace prior to the guests taking their seats to be served a superb three course meal prepared and served by the stadiums award winning catering team.
Following the meal, a raffle took place for a truly unique prize of a framed and signed tennis ball, Wimbledon towel and photograph of the 2017 Wimbledon men’s singles champion Roger Federer. ‘Guest’ auctioneer for the evening, David Anderson, then conducted a number of raffles with many sport based prizes, including signed footballs and shirts from the Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United football squads.
Whilst not a night for speeches, Garston Group Chairman John Murphy took the opportunity of thanking everyone for supporting the evening. He then added a special thanks to the organising team of Jim Corcoran, John Raby, Alex Platts and group vice chairman Dave Atkinson, for their tireless efforts in helping to ensure the evening’s success.
With the room lighting dimmed, female singing trio, ‘The Regrettes’, took to the stage and entertained the guests with their repertoire of Tamla Motown classics. Along with the disco this ensured a very full dance floor with dancing into the early hours.
In all, a memorable and enjoyable evening with perhaps the best thing of all being the £3,600 raised in support of the two nominated charities, the Motor Neurone Charity and the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021Festival.