Thanet Conservative Summer Fete and Pageant

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Place: Northdown (Margate) (Margate, Kent, England)

Year: 1932

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 3


7–9 July 1932, at 7.30pm

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Hon. Producer : W. James Cave
  • Hon. Business Manager: J. Sharpe
  • Orchestra directed by: Mr F. Hosken

Names of executive committee or equivalent


Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)

Names of composers


Numbers of performers


Financial information

Object of any funds raised

Presumably in aid of the local Conservative Association

Linked occasion


Audience information

  • Grandstand: Not Known
  • Grandstand capacity: n/a
  • Total audience: n/a

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest


Associated events

  • Open Air Whist
  • Teas
  • Dancing

Pageant outline

Key historical figures mentioned

  • Augustine [St Augustine] (d. 604) missionary and archbishop of Canterbury
  • William I [known as William the Conqueror] (1027/8–1087) king of England and duke of Normandy
  • Charles II (1630–1685) king of England, Scotland, and Ireland

Musical production

Newspaper coverage of pageant

Book of words


Other primary published materials


Souvenir Programme. Thanet Conservative Summer Fete and Pageant, Northdown, Margate, 7, 8, 9 July 1932. Ramsgate, 1932.

References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Copy of Programme in Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone, Ref. K/Margate ISL

Sources used in preparation of pageant



This is an example of a fairly small-scale pageant held under the auspices of the Conservative party. The pageant was opened by Conservative dignitaries: Lord Carson officiated on 7 July, Lady Maureen Stanley on 8 July and W.P. Spens, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, on 9 July. They were assisted by H.H. Balfour, who had been elected as the MP for the Isle of Thanet in 1929 and held an enviable majority of 21656.1


  1. ^ P.B. Lucas, ‘Balfour, Harold Harington, first Baron Balfour of Inchrye (1897–1988)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Entry, accessed 1 August 2016,

How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Thanet Conservative Summer Fete and Pageant’, The Redress of the Past,