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Freemasons open doors to public

Freemasons
Freemasons are often viewed as a secret society

Freemasons on the Isle of Man are throwing open their doors to the public in a bid to shake off the image of the order's secretive status.

The organisation, one of the world's oldest secular societies, has had a presence on the island under the English constitution since 1886.

Now members of the Masonic Temple in Douglas are keen to dispel some of the myths surrounding it.

Anyone interested in Freemasonry is invited to the open day on 21 June.

Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province of the Isle of Man, George Peake, said it would be a chance to correct misconceptions.

"In the past there has been a perception that freemasonry is secretive and that people who are members of it look out for themselves," said Mr Peake.

"But they are strictly told whenever a freemason joins the order that must not be the case and they must look out for everybody in society, whether they be a freemason or not.

"We want to go as far as we can to reverse that perception and make sure people know we are open to inspection whenever people wish to do so."


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