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Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Surrey
Top Gun Dinner


On Friday 15th December many members of the Mark Provinces of Surrey and London, their wives, partners and friends attended the ‘Top Gun’ dinner at The Royal Air Force Club at 128 Piccadilly, London.

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The organiser of the event, which was in aid of the Mark Benevolent Fund, was Commissioner Paul D. Fitzgerald AFA (USAF) SAI (IRE), Special Assistant Europe - Air Force Association (USAF). This special dinner was supported by the Provincial Grand Masters for London and Surrey, RW.Bros. David Ashbolt and Ian Clark, together with members of the Provincial Executives, present and past.

The evening began with a few drinks in the Churchill Room followed by a lovely traditional Christmas dinner in the Ballroom. During the meal we were all invited to ‘Take the Salute’. The protocol is that the host stands to attention and announces who they desire to 'Take the Salute' with. Those named stand and taking their cue from the 'Host' raise their glass in the left hand, and then Salute with their right hand, while at the same time, and together say aloud, 'Salute Yo'll'.

Immediately those standing have finished speaking, those sitting tap the table, using one hand only. After which, the 'Host' along with those standing resume their seats. The tapping of (or knock on) the table, represents the cannon shot which traditionally follows 'Reveille' on some of the United States Military Bases.

Only too soon the coffee arrived followed by the Toasts. RW.Bro. David Ashbolt spoke about the good work being undertaken by the Mark Benevolent Fund. Then followed the raffle and auction, with many prizes being won. After the raffle Paul Fitzgerald presented a cheque for £1,000 to RW.Bro. David Ashbolt for the Mark Benevolent Fund.

The evening ended with The Last Salute by Paul Fitzgerald followed by Taps and the Last Post by the Bugler, Ben White. The whole evening had been a great success thanks to Paul and his team of willing helpers, including Miguel Godfrey, Andy Lynch, Gary Raggett and Alastair Mackenzie.

Article and photos by Chris Eley