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Past Master James Wright Reid of Lodge St. Andrew (Denny & Loanhead) No 176 has received a certificate and jewel to mark his Grand Lodge of Scotland honorary rank of Director of Ceremonies.

The presentation was made by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Bro Alistair T Marshall at the regular meeting of Lodge St Andrew on Thursday 14th February – a very different Valentine’s Day gift.

Jim, as everyone calls him, was initiated on 12th March 1970 and was Master of the Lodge in 1986 and 1987. This was, apparently, a vintage year for Lodge Masters as PGM Bro Alistair explained later that was on the chair of Zetland No 391 at the same time as Bro Jim.

When the late John McLeod Sneddon became Provincial Grand Master in 1995, PM Reid took over the office of Director of Ceremonies and has held the post ever since.

In presenting the Grand Rank, PGM Bro Marshall recalled Jim’s working life including time as a manager of the Aberdeen branch of a laundry business that saw him travel north at the start of the week and back to his home in Denny at the end of the week. Except the weeks of Lodge when he travelled down on the Thursday for the Lodge and back up for work on Friday morning.

That, said the RWPGM, is commitment.

He also praised Jim’s wife Margo whose baking for various Lodge functions is legendary and always welcomed. Bro Jim has helped his community in other ways including time as the President of the Denny Cross Burns Club.

An emotional Jim said: “This is a great honour that you have bestowed on me.”

PM Jim also took part in the 3rd degree ceremony, singing the solo and presenting the emblems as well as the other DoC duties.

Bro. Jim is pictured with PGM Bro Alistair T Marshall and Bro Archie Young Mackay, RWM of Lodge St Andrew No 176.

Congratulations Jim.


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