From W Bro. Barry Pearson, Moorland Lodge No. 6591
Wednesday 3rd May 1989 - Bro. Michael James Hawke was installed in King Solomon's Chair and became Master of Moorland Lodge No. 6591. The Lodge was honoured by 93 visitors representing 56 Lodges.
The Installation of Bro. Michael James Hawke will long be remembered as the 'Candlelight Installation' because halfway through the ceremony, the lights covering the hall's main body fused.
The incident caused quite a stir but after delaying the ceremony for ten minutes the Director of Ceremonies W. Bro. Lawrence Bellhouse discovered that a repair of the fuses would take at least thirty minutes and decided to proceed with the ceremony with reduced lighting; the Lodge room floor was lit from the light on each of the three chairs and the Secretary's and Master's lecterns.
Brethren with high ranking posts within the Yorkshire Electricity Board and Central Electricity Generating Board offered their services to effect the repair, but to the surprise of the brethren present were unable immediately to remedy the situation. They were obviously too well qualified to deal with such a minor problem as a blown fuse.
In their defence, the fault could possibly be put down to an antiquated electricity installation. Whatever the reason, the incident led to the ceremony being a memorable one, the Installing Master, W Bro. Tillotson commented: "Our members who were Electricians were speculative as opposed to operative."