Pageant of Harrow
Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' undertaken by Mick Wallis; with thanks to R.W. Thomson of Harrow Civic Centre Library.
Place: Wealdstone Football Club (Wealdstone, Harrow) (Wealdstone, Harrow, Middlesex, England)
Number of performances: 4
6-9 June 1951
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Pageant Master: Tonge, Ruth L.
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
- Tonge, Ruth L.
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
1951 Festival of Britain
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
Key historical figures mentioned
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
The Local History Collection of the Harrow Civic Centre Library holds cuttings and a copy of the souvenir programme.
Sources used in preparation of pageant
Adapted by Ruth L. Tonge from the Book of Words of the earlier 1923 Harrow Historical Pageant, this pageant was presented by the combined Boy Scout Associations of Harrow Urban District. It is an example of one of the many pageants staged in connection with the 1951 Festival of Britain. Performances were held outdoors, in the Wealdstone Football Club at Lower Mead (now, it seems, the site of a Tesco supermarket). Put on over a period of four days, the pageant appears to have been a fairly large-scale event, covering the history of Harrow across many centuries. Harrow's famous public school featured quite prominently. The final episode depicted 'Shooting for the Silver Arrow' in 1752; this was an annual archery competition held at the school. This preceded a grand finale ('The Heritage of Harrow), in which famous Harrovians appeared, the last of which was Sir Winston Churchill—not, of course, in person. It's perhaps worth noting that Churchill had been a patron of the pageant in 1923.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Pageant of Harrow’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1568/