My father the Freemason: Letter

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The Independent Online
Sir: I was delighted to see a large and beautiful picture of my father adorning The Independent ("Masons make better jurors, say judges", 15 October). Moreover it was a picture of him I had never seen before.

However, as I understand matters there are two problems with the juxtaposition of that story with my father's picture. To be a juror in the United Kingdom you must satisfy two conditions. Firstly you must be on the electoral register. As a Polish national all his life, my father never was.

Secondly you must be alive: a condition which, sadly, he became unable to fulfil last year. However I am absolutely certain that my father, Henry Carr, would have been extremely proud to have been able, posthumously, to represent the Freemasons in this small way, probably for the last time.


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