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Freemason reveals (almost) all in his new book.

A FREEMASON from North Tyneside has put together a book about the secretive movement.

George Laws, of Wallsend, is backing a policy of openness among freemasons, after 28 years in the society.

Mr Laws, who holds the rank of past provincial junior grand warden, retired last year from the voluntary position of company secretary of the Wallsend Masonic Hall Company.

The hall is used by 14 freemasons' lodges, totalling around 550 members.

Mr Laws said: "Freemasonry both nationally and locally has embarked on a campaign of openness through the Freemasonry in the Community initiative, and that was also part of the motivation for the book.

"It is all part of trying to dispel the misinformation and mystique and get over to people that masons are just ordinary blokes pursuing an interest which is relatively private." But Mr Laws said he has not revealed all in his book.

He added: "I have gone as far as it is realistic and sensible to go and I hope it awakens people's curiosity. Freemasonry is not a secret society but it is a society with secrets."

A History of Freemasonry in Wallsend is published by Summerhill Books at pounds 9.99.

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Date:Apr 5, 2011
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