Freemason honour for ex-butcher

Harry Smith Freemason award
Harry Smith Freemason award

A FORMER Hucknall butcher has been honoured after achieving the milestone of 50 years as a Freemason.

HARRY SMITH, who previously ran a shop on Baker Street, was presented with the Provincial Grand Masters Certificate at a meeting of Byron Lodge at Mansfield Masonic Hall in recognition of his long-term membership.

Harry, who turned 80 this year, was initiated as a Freemason on April 13 1961 at the age of 30.

The Byron Lodge previously met in the Church Hall (now the John Godber Centre) on Ogle Street, Hucknall before moving to Mansfield in the mid-1990s.

Harry was Worshipful Master (essentially the lodge president) in 1971 and again in 1997. It is a rare accolade to be elected to the position twice.

Married to Ann for 55 years, Harry is well known as a local historian and now lives in Southwell where he is also a member of the Minster Lodge.

He is a key member of the Hucknall-based Eric Coates Society and has presented many musical evenings in Hucknall and the surrounding areas on the life and music of Hucknall-born composer Coates.

Harry has never taken a fee but, instead, he has asked organisers to give a donation to the Marie Curie cancer charity in memory of his late mother and father.

Harry is also well known locally for producing a book entitled ‘Hucknall Looking Back’, which is packed with images from the town’s past. The book was dedicated to Ann’s brother, Dr John Morley, who was also a Freemason.

Harry completed his National Service in 1949 with the Royal Air Force (RAF) before joining the family butchery business.

During this time, he was also on the books of Nottingham Forest Football Club. The boots have long been packed away but he still enjoys a game of bowls.

n OUR PHOTO shows Harry (centre) being presented with his certificate by Assistant Grand Provincial Master Graham Wood (left) and Byron Worshipful Master, Eric Beardow.