Pageants 77

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  1. Dean Village Pageant
    The pageant took place alongside a fete.

  2. Mary Queen of Scots Pageant
    The pageant formed one element of a fete in aid of the Scottish League of Pity. There was news coverage in the Scotsman.

  3. Coronation Pageant
    Essentially this was a civic parade, but it had a historical element called the Pageant of Harlaw (recalling the famous battle).

  4. Sword of Honour
    At the start of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Unconditional Surrender (1961), there is a scene where Guy Crouchback, the disillusioned catholic and soldier who had narrowly escaped capture during the occupa...

  5. Bristol Civic Pageant
    This pageant was first mooted in February 1946 as part of the town’s celebrations of the first anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in July. It was also a key part of Bristol’s first post-war...

  6. Bruce Sex-Centenary Pageant: Masque of Edinburgh
    When plans were discussed by Edinburgh's city council for celebration of the six-hundredth anniversary of the granting of Edinburgh's royal charter, there was every intention to make sure that a la...

  7. Coventry Festival of Britain Godiva Pageant
    In 1951 Coventry, perhaps more than anywhere else, had reason to wish for something better and to focus on its past rather than its ruined present. The heavy concentration of key war industries in ...

  8. Coventry Cathedral Pageant
    Many cities in Britain were heavily bombed during the Second World War; however, along with London, Coventry has come to symbolise the civilian costs of war in a similar way to Dresden, Stalingrad ...

  9. 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...

  10. Historical Pageant of Bradford
    Tom Hulme has written about inter-war civic boosterism through pageantry, whereby cities competed to raise their profile and, often combined with industrial and trade exhibitions, sought to boost t...

  11. A Pageant of Bristol Cathedral
    A pageant was held to mark the 800th anniversary of Bristol Cathedral. Three performances were given in the nave of the cathedral. The focus of the pageant on the history of the cathedral, from its...

  12. Bristol: Cradle of Empire
    The 1924 Bristol Pageant was dogged both by bad luck and hubris. The event made major losses and proved a sore reminder that, despite Bristol’s perceived historical place as ‘Cradle of Empire’, its...

  13. A Pageant of College Green
    The Bristol Folk House was, and is, the oldest education centre in Bristol, established in 1887 on Deanery Road as part of a Baptist Mission in Lower College Green, a working-class area of the Bris...

  14. Clifton Parish Church Centenary Pageant
    There had been a church on the site in Clifton Parish, to the north of the centre of Bristol, since 1154 AD. During the early nineteenth century, Clifton became a fashionable area of Bristol. In th...

  15. Lady Godiva Procession and Pageant
    Pageantry was an ancient tradition in Coventry, dating back to medieval times. The comparatively recent Godiva Procession, to commemorate Lady Godiva’s famous ride through the town during the eleve...

  16. Aberdeen Coronation Pageant
    This was billed as a tattoo and pageant. There was also a parade and concert. The pageant had five episodes but it’s unclear what form they took (on floats? tableaux?). There was some coverage in t...

  17. Salford Historical Pageant
    The pageant of Salford defied the dire times that existed in 1930 and exceeded all expectations of success. The economic downturn had affected industry badly in this part of the north of England an...

  18. Scottish Historical Pageant
    In July 1927, the Scottish Historical Pageant was held in the grounds of Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh. With nearly 4000 performers, 200 horses and a grandstand capacity of 10,000— and a total au...

  19. Pageant of Coventry 1962
    Coventry Cathedral was largely destroyed during several air raids on 14-15 November 1940. After much careful thought, it was decided to build a new cathedral next to the ruins, the award for the de...

  20. The Pageant of England
    If one were in search of England in the 1930s, as so many contemporaries from H.V. Morton to J.B. Priestley to George Orwell seemed to be, one could do worse than head to Slough. The army had set u...