Beeston Pageant - 1953


A series of scenes from a Pageant presented in Beeston, probably for the Coronation celebrations in 1953 This one and the one below shows a group depicting women in British history

Elsie Osmond (married name) is 3rd from the left in the big hat. Mollie Pettinger (née Beeston) is at the back, wearing a helmet.
Vera Heard (née Blacknell) is in the boiler suit in the centre.
In front, as Salome, is Alice Hemmingsley (née Barton)


The same group, apparently then arrived at the Rugby Ground (which was often used for this type of event at that time) Several of the same ladies can be identified within the group.


A tableau depicting Henry VIII and his six wives - apparently waiting to a join the procession.
Seated at the back, as Henry VIII, is Harold Heard. His (real) wife Vera Heard (née Blacknell) is standing next to him.

Henry VIII

Harold Heard as Henry VIII posing with 'Anne Boleyn' and her executioner in Broadgate Recreation Ground


'Henry VIII' (Harold Heard) and 'Anne Boleyn' receive an award for their efforts from (foreground,left to right)
Air Commodore W C Cooper (then the General Manager at Ericsson Telelephone in Beeston and a very active supporter of
community organisations), Councillor George Peel and Walter Hayes (at the microphone, Beeston newsagent and bookseller)

Photographs kindly supplied by Will Heard, whose parents are identified in the photographs

Any names or other information would be very welcome

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