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  1. The Manchester Pageant
    The Manchester Historical Pageant was the ‘chief feature’ of the citywide celebrations in 1938, following on from major pageant in 1926 and 1932. It commemorated the bestowal of a Charter of Incorp...

  2. The Pageant of Essex
    Following on from the Barking Pageant in 1931, the larger-in-scope Pageant of Essex was staged in summer 1932 to raise money for the newly opened King George Hospital in Ilford. Directed by Frank L...

  3. 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...

  4. Chester Historical Pageant
    The historical pageant held in Chester in 1910 had been one of the great pageant extravaganzas held in England during the Edwardian era. A generation later, and in very different times, Chester dec...

  5. 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...

  6. Pageant of Birmingham
    The Birmingham 1938 Civic Pageant was one of the largest pageants ever held in Britain, designed to eclipse civic and national rivals at Runnymede in 1934 (also directed by Gwen Lally) and Manchest...

  7. The Queens of England Pageant
    In 1946 a pageant had been staged in the grounds of the vicarage at South Benfleet in Essex, and another – depicting different episodes – was put on during a garden party to celebrate the Coronatio...

  8. The Pageant of Royal Deeside
    In the preface to the programme of the pageant, Councillor Thomas B. Work, who chaired Aberdeenshire's Education Committee, highlighted that youth services in the county had been developed over the...

  9. A Pageant of Monarchy
    This was one of the many pageants in Surrey produced by David Clarke, who had worked with Christopher Ede on the Guildford pageant of 1957, and had himself produced the 1968 Guildford pageant. Like...

  10. 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...

  11. The City of Sheffield Centenary of Incorporation, 1943
    As George Calvert Holland wrote of Sheffield in 1843, the year in which its civic status was granted, ‘there are few manufacturing towns that have advanced more rapidly in wealth and population tha...

  12. St Catherine’s School Centenary Pageant: A Vivid Tapestry of 2000 Years of Women in History
    St Catherine’s is a fee-paying school in Surrey with approximately 880 pupils, of which 170 board.1 The pageant was organised by David Clarke, who was a prominent pageant master in Surrey (see Shal...

  13. The Pageant of Paisley
    The Paisley pageant of 1929 took place in the town hall in March. It contained 12 episodes and was performed almost entirely without dialogue. Episodes ranged from the coming of St Mirin in 560 AD ...

  14. 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...

  15. Wolverhampton Centenary Pageant
    Press reviews of pageants, especially those in the local press, tend to be exuberant and lavish in their praise and can make one wonder whether the pageant really lived up to the approbation heaped...

  16. Torquay Historical Pageant
    The arrival of the railway at Torquay in 1848 began a process of the town’s rapid shifting from a health to a tourist resort. As Nigel Morgan and Annette Pritchard have demonstrated, the need to at...

  17. Coronation Pageant
    Press coverage for this pageant has not been consulted; but it seems likely that it was an event that only attracted attention in the immediate locality. Given the number of celebrations, including...

  18. The Pageant of Wisbech
    Wisbech had previously held a pageant in 1929 which was written by the famous historian Arthur Bryant. The pageant was witnessed by over 25000 people and made £500 profit. The Wisbech Pageant of 19...

  19. 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...

  20. Defendamus: A Pageant of Taunton
    The Taunton Pageant was a medium-sized event, much in the mould of the Parkerian style of pageant, performed times in one week in the summer of 1928. Its other title was ‘Defendamus’—the town’s (at...