Lichfield Pageant 1975

Pageant type

Notes

Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Janet Williams of Lichfield Library.

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Performances

Place: Beacon Park (Lichfield) (Lichfield, Staffordshire, England)

Year: 1975

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 1

Notes

28 June 1975

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Pageant Master: Sanders, John

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Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest

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Associated events

  • Street procession.

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Key historical figures mentioned

  • Paget [formerly Bayly], Henry William, first marquess of Anglesey (1768–1854) army officer and politician

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Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Lichfield Library holds material relating to the pageant.

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Summary

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.

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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/