A scene from the Acts of St Richard

A scene from the Acts of St Richard

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Peter Ansell writes

The Acts of St Richard, a pageant, was presented in celebration of the Septcentenary of St Richard of Chichester in the summer of 1953 in the Bishop’s Palace Garden. Geoffrey Marwood was the overall director with each scene being performed by different groups from the diocese. Chichester High School for Boys performed Scene 2 directed by William Wake. Lasting memories include tea on the Palace lawn between performances on the Saturday with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher circulating among the performers. Also, whilst singing all twenty-two verses of Jerusalem, my happy home, processing at the end of each performance out of the garden, into Canon Row, along St Richards’s Walk, through the Cloisters into the Cathedral through the West Door to be greeted by Geoffrey Barnard playing the organ; being far from the front, on entering the cathedral we were at least a verse out!

With thanks to Peter Ansell