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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...
Warwickshire Coronation Pageant
The Coronation of Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953 heralded a ‘new Elizabethan Age’, evidenced by the music of Benjamin Britten (whose opera Gloriana was unfortunately a failure), the photography of Cec...
Ilford Children’s Pageant
Children’s pageants proved popular fixtures during the twentieth century, for instance in Stepney (1909), Kirkcaldy (1911), Windsor (1911), Berkhamsted (1922), and Leeds (1926). Many smaller-scale ...
Farnham Pageant 1988
After the first Farnham Pageant (1910), Dr Ealand (who had played Henry de Blois) suggested that ‘in the year 2010, when Farnham had the pluck to again put Historical Episodes before the people—and...
Silver Jubilee Pageant
There was a revival of historical pageantry in 1977 on the occasion of the queen’s silver jubilee, and David Clarke’s pageant in Guildford was one of the most notable examples. Clarke had worked wi...
Perth Historical Pageant
On the surface of things, all augured well for the success of the 1949 Perth Pageant; in the event, however, it was not that well attended and lost money. Given that it was a fundraising event, thi...