1985 Dover Pageant


GLORIOUS sunshine brought the crowds out for Dover Castle Pageant on Monday, when over 8,000 attended. The last pageant, in 1983, was blighted by rain but this time could not have been better - a long-awaited taste of summer.



       Music of a different kind came from the Duke of York's Royal Military School Band which

       played and paraded the 44 Dover's throughout the world.



      Flags of all the daughters of Dover



      Pageant Master on a Royal Mail delivery bike



Greatest spectacle of the day was the grand parade - centuries of history portrayed in mainly

home-made, but nevertheless excellent, costumes. Seven-year-old Xanthe Williams, of London Road, Dover, dressed as Princess Elizabeth, was picked as the best of those taking part in the parade.


Climax to the events came with a daylight firework display recreating Hellfire Corner - Dover suffering enemy bombardment from 1940-45. That brought things to a spectacular close and history had well and truly been brought to life.


Chariot races provided some excitement with two teams from Pageant sponsors Sealink British Ferries - from the ferry St Anselm and from the shore staff - from Dover Fire Brigade (Chariots of Fire!), Dover Rugby Club, and, for Inernational Youth Year, from the YMCA.