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  1. Huntingdon Pageant
    This pageant was billed as ‘A Festival of Local History encapsulating 2000 years of Huntingdon’s history in a series of costume scenes by local schools, players and organisations supported by sound...

  2. Historical Pageant of Huntingdonshire
    Huntingdon had not held a pageant since the wildly successful pageant at Hinchingbrooke in 1912, though there had been further pageants in the county (e.g., Buckden, 1932). Hinchingbrooke House.1 T...

  3. The Ilminster Pageant
    The Ilminster Pageant of 1927 was an ‘urgently’ organised charity event, aiming to raise funds for the restoration fund of the local Church of St Mary.6 Standing at the heart of the town, the churc...

  4. A Pageant of Two Parishes: Ingatestone and Fryerning
    This was an example of a village-level pageant held to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was unusual in that it was a pageant of not one, but two, local parishes: Ingatestone and Fryern...

  5. The Ipswich Pageant
    The Ipswich Pageant of 1951 was staged for a coincidental dual purpose: firstly, as part of the much wider Festival of Britain celebrations (alongside hundreds of others, for instance at Arundel, B...

  6. I Robert Burns: A Pageant
    The poet Robert Burns was born in the year 1752. Two hundred years later, he had become a Scottish national icon and internationally famed for his writing, but his stature as a historical figure wa...

  7. Royal Burgh of Irvine 600th Anniversary Pageant
    More than 18 months were spent planning the Pageant of Irvine, but all of this preparation could not have foreseen the exceptionally terrible weather that accompanied this event, which was supposed...

  8. The Isle of Wight Pageant
    Historical pageants were always demonstrations of civic defiance or loyalty towards authority, emphasizing the importance of a place in wider national history, of which the 1907 Historical Pageant ...

  9. The Kenilworth Castle Pageant
    The Kenilworth Castle Pageant was another landmark pageantry event in Warwickshire, following the Warwick pageants of 1906 and 1930. Despite being billed as a ‘Kenilworth’ pageant, it depended on v...

  10. Lilias Day Pageant: The Story of Kilbarchan
    The Lilias Day celebrations in the old weaving village of Kilbarchan dated back to the early eighteenth century, when William Cunninghame of Craigends, chief magistrate of Kilbarchan, gave the name...

  11. 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...

  12. The Greenwich Night Pageant
    Taking place against the backdrop of economic depression, the Greenwich Night Pageant partly aimed to stimulate the new ‘important industries’ that had sprung up along the Thames, and, during the r...

  13. Guildford Pageant Play
    Historical pageants sought to be remembered long after they had ended and to have a lingering impact in the towns and communities where they were held. The Warwick Pageant (1906) opened a Pageant H...

  14. The Pageant of Guildford 1957
    The Pageant of Guildford was a relatively large event staged to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the granting of the town’s first charter. It was produced by Christopher Ede—by this point the m...

  15. Pageant of the Life of Guy of Warwick
    This was a fairly small pageant that has left little trace, particularly compared to more illustrious pageants in the town. It was an instance of a small Women’s Institute Pageant, compared to the ...

  16. Halifax Centenary Schools’ Pageant
    Despite the fact that Halifax had been one of the fastest growing places in England in the early nineteenth century, its population increasing from 12000 to 66000 between 1801 and 1871—prompting Ch...

  17. Halifax Piece Hall Pageant
    This pageant, held on 22 May 1976, was intended to commemorate the reopening of the Halifax Piece Hall, a large open-air cloth market built in 1779, after a major renovation. In the event, the new ...

  18. The Red Rose of Lancaster: A Dream Pageant of the Olden Days
    This small-scale performance demonstrates that the dramatic format of historical pageantry had not developed in such a way that it became the province only of larger centres of population. The smal...

  19. Pageant of Hampshire History
    Women’s Institute Pageants were highly popular during the 1920s and early 1930s, and county pageants were also greatly successful (see entries for the pageants of Staffordshire 1928 and Northampton...

  20. A Pageant of Hampton
    A Pageant of Hampton was the second of three large pageants in Southampton in the interwar period, following the Mayflower Pageant of 1920. Unlike that event, and the Silver Jubilee Pageant that fo...