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  1. Co-operative Cavalcade
    The centenary of the Co-operative movement in the UK was widely celebrated as the services provided by this organization were still very important to a great number of people in the mid-twentieth c...

  2. Co-operative Cavalcade
    The pageant that took place in Bathgate to celebrate the centenary of the co-operative movement was only one example of this genre. A play written by Lawrence Du Garde Peach was widely staged in En...

  3. Wilton House Pageant
    Wilton house was a venue for a number of pageants during the interwar period, with other pageants in 1928 and 1933 (the latter commemorating the tercentenary of the death of the Poet George Herbert...

  4. Bishopthorpe Pageant
    The Bishopthorpe Pageant was one of a number of pageants held in North Yorkshire over the summer of 1930, including at Pickering and Nun Monckton. The pageant was written by F.L. Perkins, local vic...

  5. Hatfield Pageant
    The Hatfield Pageant was one of many in the interwar period which focused heavily on the Tudors, managing as it did to feature four out of five of the monarchs in a single scene. Henry VIII acquire...

  6. Pageant of Muncaster
    The pageant held at Muncaster Castle, which was performed by people from the close-by village of Ravenglass, presents a David and Goliath-type story. The much larger nearby town of Whitehaven also ...

  7. Lincoln Cathedral Pageant
    The Lincoln Cathedral Pageant was held to raise funds to repair the cathedral; it was a relatively small-scale affair. Indeed, Lincoln was one of the few cathedral cities to have no major pageant, ...

  8. Somersham Pageant
    The Somersham Pageant came about when the Rev. D’Arcy De Ferrars came to visit his brother, the Rev. M. de Courcy Ireland, Vicar of Somersham, in July 1908. De Ferrars was a figure vital to the rev...

  9. Croston Pageant
    The Croston Pageant was one of hundreds held across the country in celebration of the Festival of Britain in 1951. Like many other Festival pageants, it eschewed a focus on prominent figures—Kings ...

  10. Waifs and Strays Pageant
    The pageant was one of several arranged by the Waifs and Strays Society held around the country, though it seems that different scripts were used for each pageant. The society had previously held p...

  11. International Council of Women Pageant
    Founded in Washington in 1888, the International Council of Women (ICW) was one of the first international women’s organisations, campaigning on women’s rights and leading the battle against gender...

  12. The Masque of the Lady Margaret
    The Women’s Institute Movement first came to Britain from Canada in 1915, and rapidly spread across the country. Bedfordshire villages first took it up towards the end of the Great War, and its ext...

  13. Buckden Towers Aragon Pageant
    Formerly a palace owned by the Bishops of Lincoln, Buckden Towers has hosted a number of prominent figures, including Henry III, Edward I, Richard III and Lady Margaret Beaufort. Its most famous re...

  14. Scarborough Historical Pageant and Play
    ‘The verdict upon Scarborough’s Historical Pageant will be that financially it might have been a greater success; in every other respect it could not have been.’[1] So the Scarborough Mercury repor...

  15. Winchester Pageant
    The Winchester 1934 Pageant deviated from the structure of the overwhelming majority of pageants to focus instead on a single significant historical scene, told at great length and in sumptuous det...

  16. Bexhill Historical Pageant
    For a town with a very short span of history, Bexhill’s pageant may have seemed presumptuous. It was part of an outbreak of pageant fever on the south coast seaside towns during the 1920s and 1930s...

  17. Dore and Totley Pageant
    The Totley and Dore pageant was one of a number of school and children’s pageants held before the First World War (see for example Tonbridge). Performed by children from the local village schools, ...

  18. The Albury Pageant
    Small-scale village and church pageants were still occasional features of local community life in the 1990s; this is an example. It is perhaps worth pointing out that Surrey showed particular enthu...

  19. Barton Church Pageant
    This is an example of a church pageant of the late twentieth century. 

  20. Dunstable Pageant
    This seems to have been quite a large-scale pageant, involving about one thousand performers. Held over six days, it seems to have been a success­—since an extra matinee performance was put on at t...