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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.

1964 "The Drummer boys"

Last updated 10-12-12

Not knowing the outcome of future of the Sydenham club, Reg Dyer formed a club called "Cardiff Arms old boys" which was designed to offer a little extra comedy at the concert. This situation had obviously made it difficult for previous members of the Sydenham club to reform at the Cardiff Arms.
Due to this reason, an approach was made to Bernard and Doreen Ashurst who at this time, were "mine host" at the Duke of Monmouth in high street and so it came about that the lads reformed as the Duke of Monmouth carnival club.
There new club room was to be the skittle alley with the upstairs room in used for rehearsals.
New methods of fun raising were introduced and considerable sums of money were raised through the sell of punchcards.
The theme entitled "Drummer boys" was from an idea put to the club by a Mr Roy snook. It was to be one of the most colourful floats that the club had built since its original formation Four years earlier.
It is interesting to note that only eight members were to join the new Duke of Monmouth club from its 1962 membership of some 20 people. 13 new members made up the number to a little over 20 people.
The stage - 4th position


This year, the club was to close the first have of the concert with their theme entitled "The Drummer boys". Every use was made of a colourful stage show, especially the uniformed, resulting in the lads assuming a fine martial air.
"soldier, soldier world you marry me" was sung by a very sexy looking Bryan Davies who directed his (or her) song at a very useful looking Barry Saunders. This light hearted approach to their stage show was well received by the audience.
As one could imagine, the appearance of a soldier wearing only his combs. Was enough to set the mood for what was to follow. The soldier ended up dressed in hat, coat, trousers and shoes, assuring each verse sung by Bryan Davies, that he was already married. He then went back into the army to join the rest of the club in a rousing version of "but I miss your apple pie".
The plaintiffs "where have All the Flowers gone" came next and the vision performed by the club appears to make a pleasant change from the pit version of that time some by "The Kingston trio".

The cart 7th position
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The float was to be built on some waste ground by the side of wellworthy`s car park. It was designed in the form of a fortress and was guarded by red coated infantryman high up in the turret. The float had hardly moved of in the Grand procession when a certain Mr M stedman, who had drunk more trophy (beer) than was wise, decided that he could not control himself any longer and proceeded to urinate from the top most part of one of the turrets, thus blowing a considerable number of light bulbs, causing a small fire, and giving a couple of his colleagues that happened to be stood below, a good soaking!
Anyway back to the float. It was of comparatively simple design but very effective and could well have managed a higher position in the prize list if more thought had gone into movement!!!

Officials of the club
President Mr and Mrs B Ashurst
Chairman B Davies
Secretary P Caswell
Treasure J Williams
Captain R stoodley
Vice captain T White

1964 road results
1st lime kiln club "Regency dandies"
2nd Revellers club "Revellers of the Rock age"
3rd vagabonds club "sacrifices to the Spicer God"
Duke of Monmouth club 7th position

North Petherton 1st Revellers club "Revellers of the Rock age"
2nd lime kiln club "Regency dandies"
3rd commercial club "El toreros"

Footnote a quarter pound of tea had just gone up to 1/4 d., a 2 oz. Jar of coffee could be purchased for 2/3 d and a pound of butter for 2/11 d.


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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