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A wave of ‘pageant fever’ swept across Britain during the twentieth century.
In towns and cities throughout the country, hundreds or even thousands of people came together to perform scenes from their community’s past—and thousands more watched them.
St Albans was one place with a particularly rich pageant tradition, staging major civic pageants in 1907, 1948 and 1953, and with smaller events at other times.
Designed to stimulate local interest in the past, and also to show off the city to visitors, pageants themselves became key events in the history of St Albans, as they did elsewhere.
This book tells the story of these pageants, and of the people in St Albans and beyond who made them happen. 296 pages; references and index; more than 120 illustrations.
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