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HM 90th Birthday Media Release

"Over £19M of British Classic Vehicles line-up at Buckingham Palace to help celebrate the 90th birthday of HM The Queen

"On Saturday October 15, 2016 British classic vehicles with combined valuations of £19,033,150 lined up on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to help commemorate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty.   They were inspected, on her behalf, by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

"Each of the ninety vehicles was manufactured in a specific year of her life, and represented that year.   The first was a 1926 'Bullnose' Morris Oxford Tourer, the last an impressive 2016 Ford Focus RS.   Among the many other superb machines on display, in possibly the best-ever gathering of British vehicles, was a 1948 Jaguar XK120 - the most famous competition Jaguar of all time, reg. no. NUB 120; a 1952 AEC Regent 111 - a London double-decker bus which completed a 12,000 mile tour of the USA and Canada in 1952 as a promotion for British goods and tourism; a 1959 Morris Mini-Minor - the first-ever Mini off the production line; the fantastic hybrid McLaren P.1. and the beautiful 2016 Jaguar F-PACE.

George Robert King, from Burghfield, Berkshire seen here with his 2000 Vauxhall Vectra from his collection was one of these 90 vehicles.   A photograph of his vehicle at Buckingham Palace is attached.

"The line-up included three London Taxis, four sports-racing cars, three police cars, as well as various models of Aston Martin, Austin Healey, Bentley, BSA, Caterham,  Cooper, Daimler, DeLorean, Ford, Jaguar, Jensen, Lea-Francis, Lotus, McLaren, MG, Morgan, Morris, Noble, Riley, Rolls Royce, Rover, Triumph, TVR, Vauxhall, Windsor and Wolseley.

"The line-up was made possible by the goodwill and enthusiasm of all the owners who travelled from all over the UK - and three from Europe - to be present, and the support of both Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance, the UK's leading specialist classic vehicle insurance broker and H&H Classics - Auctioneers for the Classic Collector.

The above article was submitted by W Bro. George Robert King, a member of Holy Cross Lodge No. 3679 who has lived in Berkshire for many years but still attends his mother lodge at its Installation meeting every year.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent is the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England, Wales and District and Lodges Overseas.

New Website for MMM and RAM

At the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge of Northumberland on Saturday 24th September 2016, our Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro. Gordon Craigs officially launched the new website for the Mark Master Masons and Royal Arch Mariners of Northumberland.

The website can be accessed at

Everyone is very welcomed to visit this site which contains up to date information including latest news and upcoming events.

NMGS Charity Golf Day 2016

The Northumberland Masonic Golfing Society are again holding a Charity Golf Day:

at Burgham Park Golf Club

Friday 9th September

Teams of 4 Texas Scramble

The Tee-off Times are from 11:00 a.m.



Yours sincerely and fraternally,

Eric Longstaff

Eric Longstaff ( Hon Secretary)

Northumberland Masonic Golfing Society


Tel No 01670 366339

Mobile 07867 835060

Japanese Evening 2017

at the Fujiyama Restaurant, Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne

on Sunday 7th May 2017

Book your places now to avoid disappointment!
Wallsend Festival 2016

On Saturday 2nd July 2016 the Wallsend Masonic Hall’s “A Team” was in action at the Wallsend Festival. The aim was to advertise and promote Freemasonry in Wallsend.

The display stand was situated immediately inside the entrance to the Customer Service and Library complex and so it was an excellent spot. The team consisted of 5 fine men in the persons of W Brothers Dave Watson, Bob Bruce, Steve Reay and Brothers John Holmes and Tom Clifford.

The event was not particularly well attended and there were long periods of inactivity. There were visitors from Canada who were after directions to an ancestral home in Wallsend and were more than happy with the directions we gave them although it was nothing to do with Masonry but we made friends.

The upside of the day was that we got two young men interested in what Freemasonry is about and one of whom left his personal details. Tom has since been in touch with this gentleman and has arranged to meet him on Wednesday. Well done, Tom. Bob also had the contact details with another gentleman but he is still waiting to hear from him.

All in all it was a quieter day than anticipated but rewarding was all part of a learning curve.


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