History at Hadleigh Castle

The Unicef Pageant of 1978

Many of the great events in British history happened right here in Hadleigh. The date was 3 July 1978 when they were improvised in a UNICEF Pageant that seems to have involved a cast made up of most of the schools, as well as drama, dance and music groups of the area:-

Benfleet School of Speech and Drama;    The Dalmar School of Dancing;
Hadleigh Boys Band and Drum Majorettes;      Highlands Methodist Youth Group

Leigh Operatic and Dramatic Society;    The Miller School of Dancing
Rainbow Company;                  Rayleigh Centre Drama Group

Southend High School for Girls;        Stuart Dancers;
Westcliff Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

I did not manage to photograph everybody, but got somewhat carried away and collected a good few of the players, especially afterwards, when the characters mingled, millennia melted away and we were scooped up in a time travel adventure. Were you there?

Are you in any of the pictures? Perhaps you’ll add your memories?

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