Grand Installation – Grand Lodge of South Africa 8 July.
The meeting was attended by Representatives of the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland, Scotland, Western Australia, Togo, Benin, Guinea, Mali, Mauritius, Ghana, Mozambique and Nigeria. This group included five visiting Grand Masters and, as the representative of our Grand Master, I was received with a Head of Delegation status. The festivities commenced on the Friday night with a reception for Heads of Delegation and Partners and at which I was placed on the same table as the Deputy Grand Master elect and the representatives of Ireland and Scotland.
At the Grand Installation on Saturday afternoon, Western Australia was the fourth senior Grand Lodge, and each Head of Delegation was escorted into the Lodge room by the Grand Master of Ceremonies and introduced to the GM and GM elect. The layout of the Lodge room reflects the continental origins of this Grand Lodge with the two Grand Wardens seated in the West and entry made between them. The ceremony itself was interesting and quite different to our own. The GM elect was escorted in by an Escort of Honour comprising the five GMs and the representatives of UGLE, Ireland and Scotland. Grand Officers in GL South Africa (GLSA) wear light blue regalia. GLSA has five Provincial Grand Lodges and they are distinguished by gold regalia with gold bordered aprons and gold collars. Several of the visiting GLs show a green background indicating their links with Ireland or Scotland as most of the west African countries had Irish or Scottish Districts.
To celebrate, Saturday night was devoted to the Grand Banquet. The hospitality of GLSA could not be faulted and serves to highlight the international nature of Freemasonry
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