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  1. Coventry Festival of Britain Godiva Pageant
    In 1951 Coventry, perhaps more than anywhere else, had reason to wish for something better and to focus on its past rather than its ruined present. The heavy concentration of key war industries in ...

  2. Coventry Cathedral Pageant
    Many cities in Britain were heavily bombed during the Second World War; however, along with London, Coventry has come to symbolise the civilian costs of war in a similar way to Dresden, Stalingrad ...

  3. Cranford Pageant
    When we think of pageants as early twentieth-century affairs, it is a little incongruous to read the following in a pageant programme: ‘Please switch off mobile phones and pagers and kindly refrain...

  4. Croydon Old Palace Pageant
    Croydon had a history of pageants, including Louis Napoleon Parker’s unsuccessful attempt to stage a Pageant of Croydon in 1923 and The Croydon Parish Church Pageant of 1930, ‘The Church Witness’, ...

  5. Dartford Division of Kent Historical Pageant
    The Dartford Historical Pageant was one of the final civic extravaganzas produced by the famous pageant master Frank Lascelles. In his typical fashion,1 the pageant was a large and spectacular affa...

  6. Derbyshire Coronation Pageant
    Excerpts from Shakespeare’s history plays were a very common feature of historical pageantry, one example being the Southampton Quincentenary Pageant of 1947, which began with the trial scene from ...

  7. Dornoch Historical Pageant: Tercentenary Celebrations
    Given that Dornoch is one of Scotland's smallest burgh towns, and situated in the Highlands, this pageant made quite a big splash, at least for a while. The reason for this was the involvement of n...

  8. The Dorset Pageant
    The Dorset Pageant of 1929 was a relatively small event, with only two performances, taking place on a single day. It was produced and written by Ethel Ashburnham, who was also responsible for the ...

  9. The Dover Pageant
    Dover’s staging of a historical folk-play in 1908 was a nationally important and spectacular example of an Edwardian town gripped by ‘pageantitis’. Directed by the original master himself, Louis Na...

  10. Historical Pageant at Drum Castle
    Drum Castle was described as being 'the Glydebourne of the North' when a pageant was staged there in August 1951.52 With only two performances—a matinee and a repeat showing in the evening—the page...

  11. Pageant of Dudley, 1908
    The Dudley Pageant, held at the height of ‘Pageant Fever’ in 1908, was conceived around the same time as major pageants in Dover, Bath, and Bury St Edmunds.2 However, compared to others of the time...

  12. The Pageant of Dudley, 1951
    Dudley had previously held a pageant in 1908, staged by children on the same site as the 1951 pageant. This had been a great success seen by thousands. Although a small place often eclipsed by near...

  13. Dundee Civic Week Pageant
    Plans for a civic week in Dundee, which had a historical pageant as a central feature, were originally formed in March 1944; and it was anticipated that the week-long occasion would be held later t...

  14. A Pageant of East Grinstead
    The 1951 Festival of Britain saw something of a revival of historical pageantry in a world in which it appeared increasingly outmoded when competing with cinema, theatre and—most of all—television....

  15. A Pageant of Ecclesfield
    Pageants focused on parish churches and their histories continued to be a feature of cultural life in the English countryside after the Second World War. This is an example of one such pageant, hel...

  16. Edmund of Anglia
    Edmund of Anglia was a pageant-play, staged 19 times in the summer of 1970 in the Abbey Gardens of Bury St Edmunds. It was the main summer attraction of the Year of Edmund, a series of events, incl...

  17. The Edwinstowe Coronation Pageant
    The Edwinstowe Pageant of 1953 was held to commemorate the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. It was the last and by far largest event in the village’s two-month-long programme of various sports c...

  18. England’s Pleasant Land
    It is easy to list the pageant as part of the rural nostalgia of the inter-war period, which was felt as a pervasive anxiety that something important was being irretrievably lost.2 This anxiety ste...

  19. English Church Pageant
    Originally proposed by the Rev. Walter Marshall of St. Patrick’s Church, Hove, the English Church Pageant was at first going to take place in Brighton. When, during planning, the event grew conside...

  20. The Pageant of Ercildoune
    The Pageant of Ercildoune was a bespoke affair, held under the auspices of Earlston Girls' Club specifically to raise money for the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and for the Children's Hospital in the ...