Lichfield Pageant 1975
Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Janet Williams of Lichfield Library.
Place: Beacon Park (Lichfield) (Lichfield, Staffordshire, England)
Number of performances: 1
28 June 1975
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Pageant Master: Sanders, John
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
- Street procession.
Key historical figures mentioned
Paget [formerly Bayly], Henry William, first marquess of Anglesey (1768–1854) army officer and politician
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
Lichfield Library holds material relating to the pageant.
Sources used in preparation of pageant
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 later had the same pageant master in John Sanders, but a less religious focus to its subject-matter. Among other things it re-enacted the triumphant return to Lichfield of Henry William Paget, the Marquess of Anglesey, after the Battle of Waterloo (Paget was buried in Lichfield Cathedral, and Lichfield of course was a garrison town). The pageant was performed in Beacon Park on 28 June; there was also an associated street procession.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Lichfield Pageant 1975’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1590/