© 2015 East Lancashire Centurion
East Lancashire Centurion is a craft masonic lodge for serving and retired commissioned military officers from all of the armed services. Founded in 1889, the lodge draws its membership from throughout the country but principally Greater Manchester and the surrounding area.
We are part of the Province of East Lancashire and have the honour of counting several current and former Grand Lodge officers and Provincial Grand Lodge officers amongst our number including the current Provincial Grand Master, WBro Col Sir David Trippier RD, DL, a long standing member and Past Master of this lodge. By virtue of our history we also have a number of traditions unique to the lodge.
The lodge meets four times a year - the first Friday of the month in February, April, October and December (installation) - in Freemasons’ Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester.
We are members of the Circuit of Service Lodges and are always interested to hear from military officers, serving or retired, who are either already brethren or who have an interest in joining the craft. We also actively encourage visitors from other lodges, whether they have a military connection or not. Please contact us for details.
It has been announced in the Bury Times that WBro Lt Col Eric Davidson, MBE, DL,PProvGSwdB, is to honoured yet again, this time by being awarded the 'Freedom of the Borough of Bury'
From the Bury Times:
"Lt Col Davidson is being recognised for his outstanding work on behalf of local charities, including the organisation of the annual Poppy Appeal and for his role as a member of the board of directors in assisting with development and successful management of the National Museum of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. It is also in tribute to his role in organising the annual Gallipoli and Remembrance Sunday ceremonies. Honorary Freedom is the highest civic honour that can be bestowed by the council. Among those who have been awarded the honour in recent years are the Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle and the band Elbow."
WBro Lt Col Davidson is a Past Master of the East Lancashire Centurion Lodge as well as the Lodge of St John, No 191, and is also Marshal of St Michael Preceptory No 12 Radcliffe.
After completing his Forces career Eric joined the British Police Service and served in the former County Borough of Bolton, Lancashire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police. He completed 15 years in Operational Support followed by 15 years as Communications Specialist, finally retiring at Force Headquarters as Technical Communications Officer in 1988.
For over 40 years Eric has worked in a voluntary capacity for the Fusiliers and together with three Area Secretaries and three Area Chairmen culminating in his appointment as Area Chairman for Lancashire in 2005. He is founder and president of the world famous Fusiliers Association Band and Corps of Drums.
Eric was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Greater Manchester in 2002 and in 2008 his tireless service to voluntary work was recognised by the Queen with the honour of an MBE.
All members of the lodge join together in congratulating WBro Lt Col Davidson on this great and well-deserved honour.