Borough of Reigate Pageant: The Heritage of the Crown

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Place: Reigate Priory (Reigate) (Reigate, Surrey, England)

Year: 1953

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 11


2-12 September 1953, 8pm

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Devised, Written and Directed by [Pageant Master]: Hummel, Cecile
  • Musical Director: Joyce Hooper
  • Sub-Producers Part I: George Robertson and Chas K. macadie
  • “ Part II: Mrs K. Millar, Norman L. Turner, Arthur Brooker, Mrs E.V. Warren, Miss Medeleine Sharp, Gary Durham
  • “ Part III: Joy Anderson; the Mayoor and G. Leonard Boyle, Captain Patterson
  • Deputy Pageant Master and Arena Manager: Macadie, C.K.
  • Narrator: Norman Balchin
  • Mistress of Horse: Miss Nancy Peters
  • Wardrobe Mistress: Mrs Rachel Rundle
  • Deputy Wardrobe Mistress: Mrs Gwen Webb
  • Scenery: Ray Tuff Studios
  • Properties: Duncan Little
  • Sound and Continuity: Terency Hayden
  • Public Relations: K. Headington and G. Leonard Boyle
  • Transport: F.G. Lewis
  • Producer’s Secretary: Mrs J. Skevington

Names of executive committee or equivalent

Coronation Executive Committee

Chairman: The Worshipful Mayor Alderman H.G. Daniels

Secretary: G.M. Gibbs

Hon. Treasurer: Gordon Simmons

General Entertainments Committee

Chairman: G. Leonard Boyle

Pageant Committee

Chairman: Herbert J. Best

Hon. Secretary: Miss J. Grimes

Other members: C. Hummel, K. Headington, J.W. Hieatt, R.A.W. Lutman, C. Macadie, R.D. Nicol, M. Rubeck, R.D. Tuff.

Lighting and Sound

Chairman: M. Rubeck


Chairman: R. D. Nicol


Chairman: R.A.W. Lutman


Chairman: J.W. Hieatt


Chairman: R.D. Tuff


Patrons included Lieutenant of Surrey, General Sir Robert Haining; Rt. Hon Earl of Onslow; Bishop of Southwark; Sir Harold Webbe, MP; Sir Gordon Touche, MP; J.K. Vaughan-Morgan, MP

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

Hummel, Cecile

Names of composers

  • Purcell, Henry
  • Stravinsky, Igor
  • Holst, Gustav
  • Handel, George Frideric
  • Williams, Ralph Vaughan
  • Britten, Benjamin
  • Elgar, Edward
  • Walton, William
  • Kodály, Zoltán
  • Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da
  • Moeran, E.J.
  • Wagner, Richard

Numbers of performers


Financial information

Object of any funds raised


Linked occasion

Coronation of Elizabeth II

Audience information

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

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest

Associated Events

Associated events


Pageant outline

Key historical figures mentioned

  • Becket, Thomas [St Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London] (1120?–1170) archbishop of Canterbury

Musical production

Newspaper coverage of pageant

Book of words


Borough of Reigate Pageant: the Heritage of the Crown Souvenir Programme. N.P., 1953. [Price 6d.]

Other primary published materials


References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Copy of programme in Surrey History Centre, Woking, reference 7523/File 2.

Sources used in preparation of pageant



This pageant was held in the Coronation year of 1953, though three months after the event itself. Held in the Surrey town of Reigate, it was one of a number of pageants in the towns surrounding London in these years. Pageantry had first come to Reigate in the Edwardian period – there was a pageant in 1913, and another in nearby Merstham after the First World War, as well as in 1937. Pageantry became something of a local tradition in the post-war period, with further events in 1956 (the ‘Surrey Cavalcade’), 1959 and 1963. In 1953 a range of medieval and early modern history was covered in the various episodes, and there was one scene dealing with the ‘present and future’. The pageant-master was Cecile Hummel, headmistress of Merstham Grange School.


How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Borough of Reigate Pageant: The Heritage of the Crown’, The Redress of the Past,