More than 20 people flock to reunion in Bury to share memories of town’s 1959 pageant

The pageant reunion at Moyse's Hall Museum
The pageant reunion at Moyse's Hall Museum
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About 20 people flocked to a reunion to share memories of the Bury St Edmunds Pageant of 1959 for a national study.

The gathering at Moyse’s Hall Museum included those who sang in the chorus, danced and played Barons on horseback for the event 56-years-ago, which chronicled the history of the town and attracted thousands of people.

They told their stories to a team of pageants experts from Kings College, The Institute of Education, The University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh, who are collating a national study of historical pageants in Britain.

The reunion was organised by Margaret Charlesworth, former chairman of Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta 800.

She played a key role in bringing a copy of the Magna Carta to Bury St Edmunds last year. Mrs Charlesworth said: “I decided we would have a reunion because last year so many people saw the memorabilia that was on show when the Magna Carta was here and were saying they were part of the pageant. I was amazed at how well they all began talking and exchanging reminiscences amongst themselves.”

An exhibition at Moyse’s Hall, Pageants and the People, runs until August 28 and features objects, information and film footage from Bury Pageants in 1907, 1959 and 1970.

Mrs Charlesworth hopes to hold another reunion and wants to hear from anyone else involved in the pageant. Email mcharlesworth.magnacarta@gmail.com

To contact the researchers email historicalpageants@kcl.ac.uk