Glasgow’s Freemasons have been thanked publicly for their contribution to Scotland’s National Covid Memorial.

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At a sombre and emotional ceremony in Pollok Park to mark the launch the Memorial Garden, Herald editor Donald Martin acknowledged the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow’s £10,000 contribution to the £250,000 cost.

The Provincial Grand Master, Brother Andrew Mushet, attended the event alongside relatives and friends of those who had passed away during the pandemic and dignitaries which included Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Glasgow’s new Lord Provost, Jacqueline McLaren.

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The memorial consists of a guided walkway through the park, with each signpost recording for posterity the names of the major backers.

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These include the Freemasons of Glasgow alongside The Herald, Greenspace Scotland, Glasgow Council, the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, The Hunter Foundation, City Charitable Trust, The Watson Foundation and HCS Mechanical and Electrical Services.

Brother Mushet said afterwards: “It was a great honour for the Province to be involved in this uplifting tribute, which will remind future generations of the pandemic’s terrible toll on the people of Scotland.

“What makes it so special is that it is dedicated to everyone who passed away during the country’s battle with this terrible tragedy.

“And I am pleased not only because the Province did something to help, but also because I had the privilege to serve on to the project’s Steering Committee.”

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