Freemasons parade through city to mark 300th anniversary

Freemasons  Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-213258009
Freemasons Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-213258009
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A piper led hundreds of Freemasons through the streets of Peterborough in a historic parade in the city.

Over 800 Freemasons from throughout Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire joined together with civic dignitaries, family and friends last Sunday, to help celebrate 300 years since the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England with a specially dedicated Evensong service at Peterborough Cathedral. The service was conducted by The Reverend Canon Jonathan Baker, who welcomed everyone and commented on the common theme of `giving` in all aspects of life.

Freemasons Parade.  Supt Andy Gipp and  PC Simon Roberts with  Mayor and Mayoress John and Judy Fox and the Freemason grand masters. EMN-171106-213949009

Freemasons Parade. Supt Andy Gipp and PC Simon Roberts with Mayor and Mayoress John and Judy Fox and the Freemason grand masters. EMN-171106-213949009

The service was preceded by a parade of Freemasons in their Masonic regalia from the Peterborough Town Hall to the Cathedral in glorious sunshine, with shoppers and residents lining the route. Each of the 93 member Lodges from the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire were represented and paraded their historic and colourful Lodge banners.

The Provincial Grand Master, Max Bayes, said: “It is a wonderful day for Freemasonry in general and the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire in particular. I am sure that all present thoroughly enjoyed the day and were rightly proud of their membership.”

The parade aimed to replicate the last Masonic parade to be held in Peterborough over 95 years ago. Prior to this, parades were quite a regular feature in many Towns and Cities, but since the Second World War they had become rare. The last parade in 1922, was held to help raise funds to assist with major restoration works needed in the north east wing of Peterborough Cathedral. The event raised a significant sum and coupled with other fundraising, the target was reached and the work completed.

Nationally, the 200,000 members of the United Grand Lodge of England come from all walks of life and meet as equals whatever their faith, ethnic group or position in society. For many, this spirit of fellowship is what is valued most, making new friends and helping others. Charity is at the heart of the organisation and Freemasons contribute over £33 million a year as one of the UK`s largest charitable givers. Raising funds largely through voluntary donations, they support individual members, local communities and global emergencies.

Freemasons  Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212239009

Freemasons Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212239009

In Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire, Freemasons raise over £100,000 each year for Charitable purposes and regularly support the local community with donations to many worthy causes, such as the Sue Ryder Hospice. In addition, The Three Pillars Feeding The Homeless Trust is a registered charity backed by local Freemasons which aims to provide practical help and support to those living on the streets. On several nights each week in Peterborough, volunteers using a catering van, distribute warm food, clean clothing and bedding to those in need.

Further details on how everyone can get involved with the Freemasons and vote are available at https://mcf.org.uk/vote

Freemasons  Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212250009

Freemasons Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212250009

Freemasons  Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-213245009

Freemasons Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-213245009

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Freemasons Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212301009

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Freemasons Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212314009

Freemasons  Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212326009

Freemasons Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212326009

Freemasons  Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212339009

Freemasons Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212339009

Freemasons  Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212352009

Freemasons Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212352009

Freemasons  Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212404009

Freemasons Grand Parade from Town Hall to Peterborough Cathedral EMN-171106-212404009