Pageants 13

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  1. The Bury St Edmunds Pageant
    The Bury St Edmunds Pageant of 1907 was a major event, successful both in financial outcome and the vagaries of public opinion. Staged in July, it was an archetypal expression of Edwardian pageantr...

  2. Historical Pageant of Old Barnstaple
    Barnstaple was an ancient town, whose ‘Burh’ or borough status dated back to the early tenth century. Despite its importance as a market town (claimed through a lost pre-conquest charter) and later...

  3. The Wisbech Pageant
    The idea for a pageant in Wisbech was first mooted by the town’s Mayor, J.W.A. Ollard, in his inaugural speech in 1928, where he spoke of his ‘dream’ for a ‘monster’ pageant in the town.3 Such an e...

  4. Sir Walter Scott Centenary
    There were so many events taking place in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Scott that it is not surprising that most passed without much fanfare. However, this part...

  5. The Sherborne Pageant
    The Sherborne Pageant of 1905 truly was ‘the mother of all pageants’, its style, organization and themes consequently and consistently replicated when ‘pageant fever’ swept the nation. It was the b...

  6. ‘The Flaming Torch’: A Pageant Play

  7. The Lancashire Cotton Pageant
    The Lancashire Cotton Pageant was a large and spectacular affair staged 16 times in the summer of 1932. Because the pageant was focused on cotton, Manchester was a natural home for the event. But i...

  8. Borough of Reigate Pageant: The Heritage of the Crown
    This pageant was held in the Coronation year of 1953, though three months after the event itself. Held in the Surrey town of Reigate, it was one of a number of pageants in the towns surrounding Lon...

  9. The Pageant of Ayrshire: The Story of Scotland's Struggle for Independence
    From the outset of planning for this event in 1932, there was no shortage of ambition to make the pageant of Ayrshire a success. Despite the unpromising venue selected, the uncertainty of the weath...

  10. Preston Historical Pageant
    In the north of England in September 1922, all roads led to Preston as it welcomed visitors in their hundreds of thousands to its historic 'Gild [Guild] Festival', held over the second week of the ...

  11. Southend and Westcliff-on-Sea Pageant
    Preparations for the Southend and Westcliff-on-Sea pageant began with a crowded meeting at King’s Hall on Friday 14 March 1909, where the main features of the show were outlined and explained. The ...

  12. Preston Children's Pageant
    Pageantry comes to Preston every twenty years when its ceremonial guild festival is held and street processions, special receptions and all kinds of ceremony attract locals and visitors alike.[1] T...

  13. White Castle Pageant
    There is unfortunately little information about this interesting early, and sizeable, Welsh pageant beyond the book of words, although there may well be significant press coverage in local Newport ...