The Provincial Ball for West Lancashire has been held for the fourth year in a row at the De Vere Whites Hotel in the Reebok stadium in Horwich. This year's celebration was possibly one of the most enjoyable in its 153-year history.
The re-introduction of a reception for Masters and First Principals was very well received by both the Provincial Grand Master, Peter Hosker, and his senior officers.
The staff at the De Vere Whites Hotel seemed even more friendly and attentive than last year, and the bars in the two reception suites were well stocked and the service was very good.
After the reception over 500 Masters, First Principals, brethren, companions and their ladies from across the Province were invited by the Deputy Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies to take their seats in the Premier Suite for the banquet.
When the brethren had taken their seats Keith Kemp (ProvGDC) asked everyone present to stand to receive the president, vice president, chairman and vice chairman of the 153rd Grand Masonic Ball.
Peter Hosker and his wife Julie then led the Provincial party into the Premier Suite where they took their seats for a sumptuous four course dinner.
After the meal, thanks were expressed to the many people who had helped organise the Ball. Starting with the music supplied by Quayside Jazzmen during the reception, Ray Dainton for providing the piano music during dinner and the Pyramid Band who were providing the music later in the evening. Then all the members of the organising committee were thanked, particularly David Lea (secretary) and Glynn Wrenall (event co-ordinator), and flowers were presented to Alma Lea and Eunice Wrenall.
Before dancing commenced to the Pyramid Band, everyone joined in the Grand March led by Peter Hosker and his wife Julie.
After the Grand March the dance floor filled and a great evening was enjoyed by all.