A full house of Mark Master Masons gathered at Worth Mark Lodge No. 727, Cooke Street, Keighley, on 15 June 2015 to celebrate 50 glorious years in Mark Masonry for V.W.Bro. Keith Hardwick Trott, P.G.J.O. The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles G.M.R.A.C. visited the Lodge for the occasion and presented V.W.Bro Keith with celebratory Certificates from both Mark Grand Lodge and the Province of West Yorkshire.
The Provincial Grand Master gave a retrospect of Keith’s Freemasonry, from his Initiation into Keighley Craft Lodge in 1963 to his appointment as Past Grand Junior Overseer in the Mark in 2010, a very distinguished Masonic career. He then went on to put 50 years into perspective by informing the brethren that in 1965 the Post Office Tower was opened, the film ‘Sound of Music’ was released and ‘mini skirts’ were seen for the first time. Petrol cost 5/6 (28p) a gallon and you could buy a new Ford Cortina cost less than £700.
The Provincial Grand Master then invited Keith to join him on the floor of the Lodge for a ‘quiet chat’, although everyone knew that it would be anything but quiet. When Keith celebrated 50 years in the Craft in 2013 it was reported that in his case ‘W.Bro. Trott’ stood for ‘Whispering Brother Trott’, implying therefore that ‘V.W.Bro.’ in the Mark should stand for ‘Very Whispering Brother’. Nothing of the sort, however, and Keith very eloquently (and often loudly) led the Provincial Grand Master through his early recollections in Freemasonry, his association with the Bradford and District Installed Masters’ Association (of which he was a founder member) his childhood and his working life. He also spoke about his association with Keighley Lions, where he has been a member for more than 60 years, and Sight Airedale, of which he was appointed Chairman in 2009
An excellent Festive Board followed with the speeches finally dispelling the myth about ‘Whispering Brother Trott’. Worshipful Brother Stephen Wood proposed his toast, which was responded to by Keith with the greatest of gusto. Over £250 was raised by the raffle for ‘Sight Airedale’ and everyone left in extremely high spirits after yet another excellent evening of Mark Masonry.