Sign up to be in the Axbridge Pageant on Saturday Jan 22, in the town hall, when it takes place in August 27-29 – and become Tudor Countess, a Saxon warrior or a Victorian lady – so many roles and we’ve got the costumes. Free tickets available at from Liz Welch – phone 07851-569751. It’s an all day event so just pop in. He’s the timetable: 11.00: Welcome from the Pageant’s artistic director John Bailey)11:05: An introduction to The Redress of the Past Pageants Project by Professor Mark Freeman, University College London11:25: Pageant Fever! Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-present. An illustrated talk by Professor Paul Readman, King’s College London12:20: The material culture of historical pageantry: souvenirs and mementoes. An illustrated talk by Ellie Reid, Oxfordshire History Centre1:00pm: Lunch1.45pm: Pageants on film. A talk with film screenings by Trevor Bailey (Windrose Rural Media Trust)</p>2.20pm: Music and Historical Pageants. An illustrated talk with musical accompaniment by Dr Parker Gordon (University of St Andrews)Followed by live theatre – a preview of some of the scenes in the pageant including The Monmouth Rebellion, The Fighting Vicar of Axbridge the Reverend Gould who clashed with the reformer Hannah More – and the arrival of the collector of folk songs Cecil Sharpe at the turn of the century in Edwardian England.Plus in the evening there’s a separate live rock concert in the town hall – tickets available on the door or the Post Office and Chemist – only £5 – plus the Happy Mexican food and a licensed cash bar.