Director of the Centenary Festival - Frank Alexander Rankin

Frank was born in Dunston in 1943 being the youngest of a family of three. He attended Infant and Junior School at Dunston Hill before moving on to Blaydon Grammar School from 1954 to 1959. On leaving school Frank worked in the Chemical Industry as an Industrial Chemist and obtained his Higher National Certificate in Chemistry. He then joined Filtrona Filters based in Jarrow in 1973 where he worked for 28 years. He retired as Director of Quality in 2001 at the age of 58 and continued working with the company in a consultancy role until 2014

Frank married Margaret at Dunston St. Nicholas Church in April 1967 and have two children Martin (also a very active Freemason) and Andrea and one grandchild Megan . 

Outside of Freemasonry Frank is heavily involved in Non-League Football having played in the Northern League for Blyth Spartans, Willington and Stanley United. He is now Treasurer of Dunston UTS Football Club and in 2012 was present to see his team win the Football Association Vase at Wembley Stadium. 

Frank was Initiated into Eslington Lodge No 4623 at Dunston in 1974 and was Worshipful Master in 1986 receiving Provincial Honours in 1995 as PPJGW and Grand Rank in 2002 as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. He was Advanced into Ambrose Crowley Mark Lodge in 1979 and was Worshipful Master in 1990. In 1995 he received Provincial Honours as PPrGJW followed by appointments as Assistant Provincial Grand Secretary 1997-1999,  Deputy Provincial Grand Secretary 2000-2002, Provincial Grand Secretary 2003-2005, Assistant Provincial Grand Master 2006-2014 and Deputy Provincial Grand Master from September 2014 until his retirement on 6th December 2016. 

In Grand Mark Lodge Frank was appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1997,  promoted to Past Grand Senior Deacon in 2004 and to Past Grand Junior Overseer in 2009. At a special
meeting of Provi
ncial Grand Mark Lodge on November 29th 2016 when all of the Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Lodges in the Province received Gold Patron Status in the Mark Benevolent Fund he had conferred upon him the rank Past Grand Master Overseer by the Pro Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Richard Victor Wallis, J P. In the   Royal Ark Mariner Degree he received Provincial Grand Rank in 1999 and Grand Rank in 2002. 

Frank is a member of many Masonic Orders throughout the Province and is very active in the management of Dunston Freemasons Hall Company. He has been a Director and Hall Company Secretary for the past 15 years spending many hours in maintaining the building to a high standard with of course the help of his wife Margaret a loyal supporter of all his Masonic Activities.

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