Could Newhaven have a Pageant for the Present Day?
In 1944 a Pageant was staged in the Usher Hall to celebrate the centenary of the building of the present
Victoria Primary school. It was a big, colourful, well supported and successful event. There were ten scenes, scripted by a Victoria School teacher, Miss Janet Smith, covering aspects of Newhaven’s story from its founding up to the date of the Pageant.
Held as it was in the middle of the War, it was seen as a morale boosting event for the general public and also to raise funds to endow beds for the children’s ward in Leith Hospital. Seventy five years or so on seems like a good time to have another for a number of reasons.
If all goes to plan, this will be the last full year for the bairns to be taught in Victoria Primary before they transfer to the new school in Windrush Drive. A pageant would be a fitting farewell.
Also, a group — the “Heart of Newhaven Project” — is being formed to try to get the school put into the hands of the local community. It will need all the people of “Old” and “New” Newhaven to work together to make this happen.
A Pageant could give us the chance to start the ball rolling and put Newhaven back into the limelight it deserves.
It’s a starting point for the whole community working together, giving anyone who wants, the chance to contribute. What it will look like is up to us. Different folk will have their own ideas on what they want.
Give us your ideas by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Newhaven Heritage (Pageant) at 6 Wester Close, Newhaven, Edinburgh EH6 4LT.