On the 15th June the Province of the Isle of Man was honoured to take charge of the Queen’s Baton that is currently travelling the Commonwealth in preparation of the Commonwealth Games. The baton will visit all participating 72 nations and territories
On the 15th and 16th June the Baton visited the Isle of Man, being welcomed on the 15th June by Chief Minister Alfred Cannan MHK. The locations included, among others, Peel Castle, Tynwald Hill, Port Erin and Castle Rushen.
At Castle Rushen in Castletown, the ancient capital on Mann, the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Isle of Man was truly honoured to be in charge of the relay station to take the Baton round the historic Castle Rushen. The first Masonic Lodge on the Isle of Man was a Garrison Lodge and with Castle Rushen then being the only Garrison in the Isle of Man it is more than probably that the members would have met at Castle Rushen. The weather played its part and we were able to enjoy the beautiful Manx scenery from the top of the Castle.
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