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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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....

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Huntingdon Pageant
    This pageant was billed as ‘A Festival of Local History encapsulating 2000 years of Huntingdon’s history in a series of costume scenes by local schools, players and organisations supported by sound...

  12. Historical Pageant of Huntingdonshire
    Huntingdon had not held a pageant since the wildly successful pageant at Hinchingbrooke in 1912, though there had been further pageants in the county (e.g., Buckden, 1932). Hinchingbrooke House.1 T...

  13. The Ilminster Pageant
    The Ilminster Pageant of 1927 was an ‘urgently’ organised charity event, aiming to raise funds for the restoration fund of the local Church of St Mary.6 Standing at the heart of the town, the churc...

  14. A Pageant of Two Parishes: Ingatestone and Fryerning
    This was an example of a village-level pageant held to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was unusual in that it was a pageant of not one, but two, local parishes: Ingatestone and Fryern...

  15. The Ipswich Pageant
    The Ipswich Pageant of 1951 was staged for a coincidental dual purpose: firstly, as part of the much wider Festival of Britain celebrations (alongside hundreds of others, for instance at Arundel, B...

  16. I Robert Burns: A Pageant
    The poet Robert Burns was born in the year 1752. Two hundred years later, he had become a Scottish national icon and internationally famed for his writing, but his stature as a historical figure wa...

  17. Royal Burgh of Irvine 600th Anniversary Pageant
    More than 18 months were spent planning the Pageant of Irvine, but all of this preparation could not have foreseen the exceptionally terrible weather that accompanied this event, which was supposed...

  18. The Isle of Wight Pageant
    Historical pageants were always demonstrations of civic defiance or loyalty towards authority, emphasizing the importance of a place in wider national history, of which the 1907 Historical Pageant ...

  19. The Kenilworth Castle Pageant
    The Kenilworth Castle Pageant was another landmark pageantry event in Warwickshire, following the Warwick pageants of 1906 and 1930. Despite being billed as a ‘Kenilworth’ pageant, it depended on v...

  20. Lilias Day Pageant: The Story of Kilbarchan
    The Lilias Day celebrations in the old weaving village of Kilbarchan dated back to the early eighteenth century, when William Cunninghame of Craigends, chief magistrate of Kilbarchan, gave the name...