George V Coronation 1911 Pageant
1911 Coronation pageant
Rottingdean had always celebrated Coronations and Jubilees in great style but none has ever equalled the “St George for Merrie England” pageant to celebrate the Coronation of George V on 22ndJune 1911.
It was organised by Mr Stanford, then Headmaster at St Aubyns School. Over two hundred villagers took part. It took place in the Grange Gardens which at that time ran right up to where the school and scout hut stand. (See Grange Gardens section of this website)
The tableaux included Stone Age Britain, Roman Britain, St George, Elizabeth I, children and colonies from all over the Empire. Many were on horseback and the rehearsal must have looked like an episode of “Dad’s Army!” because at one of the rehearsals one headmaster was thrown from his horse, while another had to be freed from his locked suit of armour with a mallet and an oil can!
Visitors flocked from Brighton to watch which was just as well as there were hardly any Rottingdean folk who were not participants.
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