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On Thursday 2nd May Portsmouth Lodge of Mark Masters No.17 TI was honoured with a visit by the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. George Deacon, accompanied by a retinue of 24 Active Provincial Officers. 

The lodge gave a presentation of the Mark Tracing board which was well received by all present.  Before the PGM retired from the lodge, he requested the DC to present the Lodge Treasurer, Bro. Denys Riley, to him.  Then much to the surprise of Bro. Denys, the PGM invested him with a Provincial Promotion to PPGJD. The PGM explained to Bro. Denys that his well deserved promotion was at the request of his lodge brethren to mark the respect they had for him and appreciation for all the work he did for them.  The PGM also greeted W. Bro. Sid Robinson who was the longest serving member of the lodge and who had just celebrated his 92nd birthday.