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The term Marketeer is used to describe individuals, typically persons or groups of persons dressed in Red Fluffy jackets and having a Chuffin‘ Good Time!! Often engaged in drinking activities that involve all kinds of fun!!

Marketeers Carnival Club Bridgwater EST 1960
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in.

1961 "The Hystymen"
Last updated 10-12-12

1961 stage - 7th position


Due to the age of its members, it was again decided to by the carnival committee that the Sydenham club should open the concert with their fictitious theme entitled "The Hystymen". The members were described as "well dressed" and carried through their stage performance with great veer and enthusiasm. The club opened the show with "Happy days are here Again", then into one of the popular songs of the early Sixties entitled "why am I so starry eyed", followed by "the clouds will soon role by" and finishing with "hey little devil".

A letter to the Editor (Bridgwater Mercury) 17th October 1961
Carnival concert
"After reading your right up by Duncan Campbell, I have the feeling he delight in provoking our carnival I am a Bridgwater person and have been so far longer than Mr Campbell and I might say I am both proud and pleased with our carnival concert."
What does this man want from working class men and women. A West End show?
A strong carnivalite
Bath Road, Bridgwater

A quote from the press -1961 carnival concerts "A clever speciality Act was provided by Betty Wood who had a pleasing voice and is an expert tap dancer. The No. she chose were "tea for two" and "bye bye Blues."

The cart 7th position

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Some five hundred carnivalite were expected to take part in the 1961 possession with well over 65 entries competing for the cups.
Entering the local feature section for only the second time, the Sydenham carnival club produced another fine effort with their fancy "The Hystymen".
Once again, they provided a carnival spectacular depicting the story of two boys venturing into a cave where they discovered a sect, and they themselves became (Hystymen).
The club which must have had a younger average age than any other in the district, put over a very difficult subject in a comparatively simple but effective manner.
Towards the end of the procession a crowd of shirt sleeves men sat down in the middle of high street chanting "ban the bomb". They retreated to the pavement when police officers approached.

Road result 1961

1st Revellers club "return of King Kong"
2nd Lime kill club "clippers of the clouds"
3rd Gremlins club "Union Pacific"
7th Sydenham club "The Hystymen"

Officials of the club

President Mr A Callard
Vice presidents Mr R Hooper, Mr and Mrs R Dyer and Mr B Snook
Chairman Mr B Nicolson
Secretary Mr R Burrows
Treasure Mr R Hooper
Captain Mr R Stoodley


1961 Results
1st Revellers club "return of King Kong"
2nd Lime kill club "clippers of the clouds"
3rd Gremlins club "Union Pacific"
7th Sydenham club "The Hystymen"

In 1961 a new Morris mini could be purchased for 591. A jar of brylcreem, which in the early Sixties was more popular than sliced bread, could be purchased for 2/6d. An offer in the high street was a 24 peace Regency bone china tea set for 39/-. Most important all was a pint of beer for1/3d.

Taken from the book
With grateful thanks to Bob Chidgey, Lyn Gore, Andy Bawden, John Williams, Malcolm Wills, Chris Hocking and Gerrard Dunster
Without whom this book would not have been possible
Transferred to the web By David Kirk Jnr (Jones)



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