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  1. A Pageant of Anglesey
    The Pageant of Anglesey took place in June 1951, as an auxiliary event of the Festival of Britain—a commemoration of the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was one of many events, including pageants in C...

  2. Pageant of the Kingdom of Carrick
    It is probable that this pageant was cancelled: there was no news coverage except some reports ahead of the event to say that there had been a lack of interest expressed. The kingdom of Carrick for...

  3. The Cambridge Pageant
    This small one-day play was Arthur Bryant’s first foray into pageantry. At the time he was 25 years of age, and had recently taken up the position of headmaster at the Cambridge School of Arts, Cra...

  4. Border Historical Pageant and Countrie Fayre
    The Border Pageant was a relatively small and locally focused event, unabashedly held to raise money for the Girl Guide movement at a regional level and in order to improve the local contribution t...

  5. Clackmannan Historical Pageant, 1249-1949
    Clackmannan was traditionally the county town of its shire until industrial expansion in the early nineteenth century caused the nearby town of Alloa, which had access to the Firth of Forth, to gro...

  6. 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...

  7. West Dorset Historical Pageant
    The West Dorset Historical Pageant of 1911 was a fairly small event, performed six times over three days to crowds of around 3000. Its leading proponent was Alexander Meyrick Broadley, described by...

  8. Pageant of Northumberland History
    This pageant was staged as part of a two day-long fete held in the grounds of the ruined Alnwick Abbey. Similar events had been held in 1925 and 1927 near the ruins of Alnwick Abbey as a fundraiser...

  9. The Stanway Pageant
    The Stanway Pageant of 1929 took place in the grounds of the Jacobean manor house, Stanway House—just outside the town of the same name in Gloucestershire. It was a small affair, staged only twice,...

  10. Pageant of Gwent
    The Pageant of Gwent took place in 1913 at Abergavenny as part of the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales—the second time the arts festival had been held in the county following Newport in 1897. It ...

  11. 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...

  12. Northumbrian Pageant
    Alnwick Castle saw its fair share of pageants during the 1920s, beginning in 1925 and again in 1927 and 1928, with a fundraiser for the local division of the Girl Guides. Given that one of their co...

  13. Blenheim Pageant
    Blenheim Palace had previously hosted a Pageant in 1938.[1] It was one of many cities, towns and villages across the country which hosted pageants for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Women’s Insti...

  14. The Raglan Castle Pageant
    Women’s Institute (WI) pageants had flourished in the late 1920s and early 1930s (see Berkshire and Staffordshire pageants (1928), often organised on a county-wide basis. However, these had waned i...

  15. Pageant of Surrey
    The Pageant of Surrey, one of a great number held in the county, is notable for being the first directed by Christopher Ede, who became one of the leading post-war Pageant masters. Ede had previous...

  16. Leicestershire Pageant
    The Leicestershire Pageant in June 1977, also titled ‘Leicestershire—This Our Life’, was staged to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Taking place in the 1970s, there were some no...

  17. 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...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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, wh...