Worshipful Brother Derek Southgate,PAGDC,was presented with a certificate by W.Bro. Colin Gale, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, to mark the 60th anniversary of his initiation into Freemasonry on the 10th October 1956.
The presentation took place at the Installation meeting of The St Andrew Lodge 4097 on October 26th when W.Bro. Gale regaled those present with a history of W.Bro. Derek's "life" in Freemasonry which includes membership of 14 other degrees with Grand Office recognition in 13 of them including a spell as Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire in the Royal Order of Scotland, a truly remarkable achievement.
In a moving response, W.Bro. Derek thanked the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, put his accomplishments down to being quite good at ritual and urged the younger brethren in particular to make the most of their Masonic opportunities and visit other lodges and Provinces as much as possible. The presentation was received by all present with sustained applause to mark a unique occasion.