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All aboard the Rainton Pageant

Published Monday, 07 October 2013

Individuals, schools and community groups are wanted, to take part in this year’s Rainton Pageant (26th October 2013 at Forty Hall & Estate) and the Lord Mayor's Show (9 November)

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There are bookable education sessions that will take place beforehand at Forty Hall for school classes to learn about the history of the pageant and to prepare banners to carry on the procession. We are also welcoming people with performing arts experience, such as actors or dancers to join in and be part of the procession.

The Rainton Pageant is a yearly free spectacle organised by Enfield Council to celebrate the life of Sir Nicholas Rainton. Sir Nicholas built Forty Hall and was made Lord Mayor of London in 1632. To celebrate his inauguration Thomas Heywood wrote a pageant called ‘London’s Fountain of Arts and Sciences’ and in 2013 the Rainton Pageant will be a dazzling event inspired by the original pageant.

The event itself will involve a procession from Enfield Town to Forty Hall, leading into a night festival with performances, music, fire and hog roast at the Hall. Mayoral pageants four hundred years ago would have included dignitaries and guildsmen all dressed in their guild finery in a procession.

This is why Forty Hall needs you to join the Rainton Pageant as the dignitaries, guildsmen and women and then be part of the Lord Mayor’s Show in London to celebrate and promote Enfield's local history.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Youth and Localism said “The Rainton Pageant and the Lord Mayor’s Show are very important events that offer a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of Forty Hall and Enfield right across London.

”This is why we want to get schools and other community groups to be part of this fantastic opportunity; to partner with us and make the Pageant unmissable.

“Last year’s Rainton Pageant was spectacular, and we want this year’s to be bigger and better. With the help of the whole community we know we can do it.”

Staff at Forty Hall will help participants prepare to take part in both these events and give further information about the history of the Lord Mayor’s Show and Rainton’s Pageant.

If you want to take part please complete a registration form to secure a place in both the Rainton’s Pageant and Lord Mayor’s Show. Please note that only those participating in the Rainton Pageant can participate in the Lord Mayor’s Show in central London.

Registration Forms are available to download from the Forty Hall website or by calling 0208 363 8196.

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