An organisation that dates back more than 170 years is hoping to dispel its reputation for secrecy by holding an open day later this month.
Accrington Freemasons will be opening the doors of the Masonic Hall on Adelaide Street on Saturday, September 20 between 12noon and 4pm.
The centre of attention will be the Adelaide Suite, which has just undergone a ten-year refurbishment at the cost of £100,000 to the Freemasons.
The suite can be booked for weddings, anniversaries, meetings and a range of other events.
The Accrington Lodge believe they now have one of the best function rooms in the town, and do not want it to be a secret.
Spokesman Chris May said of the Adelaide Suite: “We do have probably one of the best-kept secrets in the town at the Masonic Hall.
“Everyone knows us for our extensive charitable works in the community but we also serve the town with our high class catering and attentive service at the Masonic Hall.
“We will be happy to answer any questions anyone wants to ask us on September 20 and to also show the residents of Accrington around the Adelaide Suite and let them see our Lodge rooms and all our facilities for outside events and catering.”
Mayor of Hyndburn, Coun Munsif Dad will officially open proceedings at the event at 2pm.
Visitors to the open day will have the opportunity to talk to some of the groups the Freemasons help with their charity work.
And there will be demonstrations by some of the groups, such as JMS Dance, who use the suite, and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
For those who want to explore the ‘mysteries’ of Freemasonry there will be talks at 1.30pm and 3pm.
A number of vintage cars will also be on display at the event.