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The Pageant of England
If one were in search of England in the 1930s, as so many contemporaries from H.V. Morton to J.B. Priestley to George Orwell seemed to be, one could do worse than head to Slough. The army had set u...
The Grand Empire Pageant 1909
The Grand Empire Pageant of 1909 programme was one of several imperial-themed pageants held before 1914, designed to instil patriotism and military values among participants and spectators (see Bat...
The Pageant of Plymouth Hoe
The Pageant of Plymouth Hoe was a locally major event staged to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation in 1953. It was the first large pageant in the city since the Mayflower Pageant in 1920, and followe...
The Walthamstow Pageant 1930
The Walthamstow Pageant of 1930 was staged to commemorate the granting of a Charter of Borough Incorporation the previous year. It took place indoors at the plush Palace Theatre, an impressive buil...
Torquay Historical Pageant
The arrival of the railway at Torquay in 1848 began a process of the town’s rapid shifting from a health to a tourist resort. As Nigel Morgan and Annette Pritchard have demonstrated, the need to at...
Preston Children's Pageant
Pageantry comes to Preston every twenty years when its ceremonial guild festival is held and street processions, special receptions and all kinds of ceremony attract locals and visitors alike. T...