In March 1959, Peter Duckworth was initiated into Freemasonry in Travellers Lodge No. 3166 in Cape Town. Sixty years later, Peter celebrated his Diamond Jubilee with his Lodge in a very special re-enactment of his original initiation, where again he was the candidate in a complete demonstration of the First Degree working. The celebration was very well attended; guests included the District Grand Master Ernest Malherbe and his District Officers, senior officers and members of Sister Constitutions, and brethren from 32 Lodges in the Western Cape.

Peter surprised everyone by delivering the Charge after Initiation to all the brethren, which was very special and unique. The Worshipful Master Kenneth Marcus congratulated Peter as did the District Grand Master who presented him with a certificate marking his sixty years as a Freemason. The Pro Grand Master, Peter Lowndes, sent personal greetings as did the Deputy Grand Secretary, Graham Redman.

Peter Duckworth receiving his 60th certificate from Ernest Malherbe, District Grand Master

Many tributes were paid to Peter at the festive board led by the District Grand Master. A magnificent poem composed by Neale Avery, a former senior officer of the District.

In his heart-felt reply, Peter concluded by saying “Freemasonry has played a pivotal role in my life and will continue to do so.”

Peter Duckworth has achieved stellar heights in Freemasonry, including the following offices:

District Grand Master, District Grand Lodge of South Africa, Western Division and Grand Superintendent of the District Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch.

In the Additional Degrees, Peter has served as Grand Superintendent (for the Cape) of the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and as Provincial Grand Master, Provincial Grand Lodge of the Royal Order of Scotland.

By any measure, an exceptional career. Congratulations Right Worshipful Brother Duckworth.

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