More than 40 Royal Ark Mariners assembled at Dent Lodge, Egremont to celebrate with W Bro Gilbert Crellin Finlinson RAMGR his 50 years as a member of the Order and Dent Lodge.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Barry Kirkbride accepted the sceptre from W Bro Allan Cooper WCN and invited Gilbert to join him on the floor of the Lodge for a chat.
They talked about Gilbert’s life in mining around the world, Northern Ireland, Canada, Weardale and locally at Holmrook, Beckermet and Florence. Gilbert gave a fascinating insight into his life and adventures. He told of visiting a Lodge in Canada not long after his initiation and being tested by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer, flying to the Lodge in a De Havilland sea plane. He also spoke of his new passion, farming.
Gilbert was Elevated in Dent Lodge on 17 September 1969, promoted to PrRAMGR in 2000 and to the very high rank of Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2010
The Golden Jubilee certificate was read by W Bro Peter Sacre, Provincial Grand Secretary and Gilbert was given a standing ovation by the assembled brethren.
L to R WBro Gilbert Finlinson RAMGR, WBro Barry Kirkbride RAMGR, DPGM, WBro Allan Cooper, WCN