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?