The ceremony in October is usually delivered by the Past Masters of the Lodge, and it has been this way for as long as I can remember. The reason being it allows the WM of the Lodge a month off to perfect his ritual for the coming November Installation.
It was the turn of Bro Gerald Thornton to be passed to the Second Degree, having been initiated on the 10th September; just over a year ago. The Past Masters had plenty of time to get in three practice sessions, not that they were needed, and delivered a first class ceremony of Passing.
I’m sure Mark Barlow the WM had a relaxing evening off and the current team of officers had their chance to see how its done properly. The year has passed incredibly quickly and the next ceremony is that of Installation and a new WM will be at the helm.