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  1. Athelstan Millenary Pageant
    Kingston Upon Thames is the oldest of England's four Royal Boroughs and has long had a close association with the monarchy. Indeed, no fewer than seven Anglo-Saxon kings were crowned at Kingston. O...

  2. Great War Pageant 1917
    With the outbreak of the First World War, the 'Pageant Fever' that had been coursing through the veins of Edwardian England went into remission. Very large pageants on the scale of Louis Napoleon P...

  3. Almondbury Pageant and Carnival
    The Almondbury Pageant and Carnival was quite a large-scale event for a relatively small place. Held over two weeks in July 1936 it took place in a 'Carnival Field' off Thorpe Lane (in fact the Sch...

  4. Pageant of Local History
    This 'Pageant of Local History' told the story of Almondbury and Huddersfield from ancient times to the nineteenth century. (The final episode, interestingly enough, was no great celebration of com...

  5. Historical Pageant of the Mayflower
    The Tercentenary of the voyage of the Mayflower was marked by a number of historical pageants up and down the country. Major performances were put on at Plymouth and Southampton; there were also sm...

  6. A Pageant of Moravian Missions
    Historical pageants were popular with religious groups across the twentieth century. This is an example of one such pageant. Staged by the Fulneck Girls' School of the Moravian settlement in Pudsey...

  7. The Pageant of Margam Abbey
    Margam (now a suburb of Port Talbot) has a long history. Among other things, the place was the site of an important Cistercian settlement (Margam Abbey), the story of which was re-enacted in this p...

  8. The Second Northumbrian Pageant
    This was a follow-up event to the first Northumbrian pageant in 1923, a full entry for which can be found here. Like its predecessor, this pageant was held in the Theatre Royal under the auspices o...

  9. Happy Birthday New Castle!
    The city of Newcastle upon Tyne marked its nine hundredth anniversary in 1980. During the course of this year, a wide range of celebratory events, activities and attractions were organised. These w...

  10. Pageant of the Border
    Rural Northumberland is a landscape rich in associations with the past. Castles such as those at Alnwick and Ford bear testimony to centuries of Anglo-Scottish conflict. The pageant held here, at W...

  11. 2000 Years of History: A Pageant of Chester-le-Street
    Chester-le-Street celebrated its two thousandth anniversary in 1967. As in many other cases, an historical pageant was felt to be an appropriate addition to the festivities and one duly took place ...

  12. The Spirit of Victory
    As had been the case during the Great War, relatively few large-scale historical pageants were staged during the Second World War. There were exceptions, of course, including Basil Dean's St Paul's...

  13. Loyal Newcastle
    Loyal Newcastle presented 'pages from the story of a great city' in the form of an historical pageant held at the City Hall. An expression of civic pride of place, the event was also a demonstratio...

  14. Pageant of Pembroke
    It was originally intended that the Pembroke Pageant would take place in 1957, to coincide with the five hundredth anniversary of the birth of Henry Tudor—King Henry VII—at Pembroke Castle. In the ...

  15. Welshpool in the Beginning
    This is an example of an interwar Welsh pageant. A copy of the book of words (not yet consulted) is held by the Powysland Museum.

  16. Historical Pageant
    This was almost certainly a small pageant held in association with Festival of Britain celebrations. It was produced by Mrs E. Simpson Woolley, who had been involved in organising a previous pagean...

  17. The Pageant of Aylestone
    This is one of the many pageants held in association of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Aylestone is now a suburb of Leicester, but it was formerly a separate village. The place has a long history (A...

  18. Lichfield Pageant
    Held in June 1972, this pageant commemorated the 1300th anniversary of the death of St Chad, who became bishop of Lichfield in 669. It featured a street procession, but also a dramatic re-enactment...

  19. Lichfield Pageant 1975
    Lichfield's 1972 pageant had been held to commemorate the 1300th anniversary of the death of St Chad, who had established a see at Lichfield in the seventh century. The pageant staged three years l...

  20. The Milford-on-Sea Pageant & Fete
    On Bank Holiday Monday in early August 1930, a pageant and fete was held in the grounds of Newlands Manor, home of the Sir John Power, MP for Wimbledon. The event was put on in aid of the Milford-o...