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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.

1962 "Negro slaves"
Last updated 10-12-12
The start of the year saw the Sydenham club using the Nags head, so at this stage the members had no idea that the brewery were intending to close this pub down under the new West Street rebuilding scheme
Stage rehearsals were well under way at the moose Hall in green dragon Lane, when Reg Dyer was to move down to the bottom end of West Street to take over as landlord of the Cardiff Arms.
The club hastily packed it's bags and joined Reg and Eva at their new pub. Time was at a premium with the concert due to start in around four weeks, somehow things sorted themselves out and before you could say "Negro slaves" the concert had arrived.
The cart was to be built on some waste ground at the back of the Cardiff Arms so, when Mr. Terry Wood offered some assistance with the building of the float the boys gratefully accepted

The stage - 3rd position

It appears that back in the early Sixties, any break with a traditional stage show was frowned upon by the critics.
This year the Sydenham club introduced a touch of sadism and an element of brutality with their theme entitled "Negro slaves".
It was a bright and colorful presentation with some very good singing, and apparently was marred only by the distracting figure of the White overseer wandering all over the stage fingering his whip and kicking his slaves,
But, with such old favorites as "that lucky old son" and "you're in Kentucky" backed up by a first class stage setting, the lads past the stage test with flying colors.
I wonder who that character could have been to have created such a lasting impression in people's minds. Domain the name of an ailing has been mentioned!!!

The cart 9th position
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"Negro slaves" was considered to be a very large float by 1960 standard, depicting a country mansion in the southern state of America with Negro slaves picking cotton in the field. This was considered by a lot of people to be the best float that had been produced since the formation of the club
Fate always seems to lend a hand when things are going well and this year the club's progression was to be marred by the loss of lighting. Although this year was not a total blackout throughout the entire possession, the cart had obviously lost a lot of its appeal and effect.

Officials of the club
President Mr. A Callard
vice-president Mr. R Dyer and Mr. B snook
Chairman B Nicolson
Secretary J Williams
Treasure L Callard
Assistant treasurer B Davies
Captain R stoodley
Vice-captain T White

Road result 1962
1st line kill club "Roman sandals"
2nd Gremlins club "antics in and Antarctica"
3rd Ramblers club "The Vikings"
North Petherton
1st line kill club "Roman sandals"
2nd Gremlins club "antics in and Antarctica"
3rd Ramblers club "The Vikings"
1st line kill club "Roman sandals"
2nd Gremlins club "antics in and Antarctica"
3rd Ramblers club "The Vikings"
1st line kill club "Roman sandals"
2nd Gremlins club "antics in and Antarctica"
3rd not known

In 1962 you could purchase a new Morris 1100 for 674 or go up market with a new M G B convertible for 949.

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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