On saturday 23rd september 2017 the Tercentenary Banner passed from Devonshire to Cornwall at the Old Ferry Road green, Saltash.
The Tercentenary Banner which was manufactured in North Devon and dedicated by W.Bro. Raymond Bray at the 2017 meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire has travelled to Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and Devonshire was passed to the Province of Cornwall below the Tamar Bridge on 23rd September 2017.
The sun was shining as Freemasons and their families gathered on the banks of the River Tamar for the Banner Passing Ceremony from PGL Devonshire to PGL Cornwall. The two Provincial DC’s W.Bro. Mike Doleman and W.Bro. Robin Webb had everything under control.
As the PGM and Brethren from Devonshire dressed in full regalia and carrying their Provincial Standards and the Tercentenary Banner formed up and paraded South towards the Tamar Bridge, the PGM and Brethren from Cornwall paraded North. The handover ceremony was conducted by the two Provincial Grand Masters R.W.Bro. Ian Kingsbury and R.W.Bro. Stephen Pearn with great dignity at the Green underneath the Tamar Bridge, in front of wives and partners. The Banner and procession of Freemasons then paraded down the bank of the Tamar in full view of the very inquisitive general public.
Photographs were taken with the Mayor of Saltash, before the party departed to celebrate at St Mellion International Resort. We were treated to an excellent Presentation by W.Bro. Mike Murton, Provincial Grand Orator, on the History of Freemasonry in Cornwall, before a superb plated buffet.
The Tercentenary Banner has united the eight Provinces which form the South West Region and the atmosphere underneath the Tamar Bridge complimented the occasion when the Banner was passed to Cornwall for the last leg of its journey.
Andy Vodden MBE PAGDC