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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.

1966 "The Railway Pioneers"

Last updated 10-12-12

1966 saw a changing of headquarters for 4th time in six years. The club moved down to the Commercial Inn at Redgate Street to become the "commercial carnival club"" with their new licensee Bill Brown, who had previously been the manager of Bridgwater town F.C.
Freddie villis who had been the landlord of the commercial, left to take over the newly opened Pig and whistle, and in so doing, the old commercial club, went with him, thus leaving a vacancy for a new club.
Dances continued to be a useful form of income with several functions being run at the boys club in All Saints terrace.
"The Railway pioneers" allowed some very practical new members of the club to have a go at building a model of "The Rocket" a scaled dawning was attained with the idea of the float being to depict the early days of the steam locomotive.
Direct comparisons to the original "Rocket" were super even to the degree that the generator was fitted with a smoke machine to give greater effect.

1966 stage 8th position


The lads tried a different approach to the stage presentation the idea was to change and adapt song titles to suit the style of the show. For example, (Riding on a rainbow) was changed to "Riding on a Rocket". The costumes were very colorful with long coat and top hat the order of the day.
A section of railway track was laid across the stage after which was sung a few stirring choruses of "dedicated followers of fashion" by a certain Mr. G Dunster. This, so we are told, was the first time But it took another 17 years before he was given another solo.
Following that superb effort by Chunky, the club brought the show to a rousing climax by singing a sturdy chorus of "The runaway Train".

The cart 5th position
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The response from the public was more than enough to tell the club that there meticulously built "Rocket", which actually moved up and down the cart, had been a great success.
George Stevenson`s locomotive appeared to have come to life. The detailed and construction of this float just had to be the best presentation to date.
Lighting was very good, but the idea did not really lend itself to the type of cart movement the club could have done with.

Officials of the club

Presidents Mr. and Mrs. W Brown
Vice president Mr. J snook
Chairman Mr. W Brown
Secretary Mr. R stoodley
Treasure Mr. J Williams
Competition secretary Mr. P Hesselberg

1966 Road results

1st Ramblers club "Homage to the Abominable Snowman"
2nd British flag club "Homer`s Greeks"
3rd lime kiln club "Bengali lancers"
Commercial club 5th position

North Petherton
1st Ramblers club "Homage to the Abominable Snowman"
2nd Vagabonds club "Minstrels 66"
3rd Wick young Farmers "the old Swiss clock"
4th Commercial club "Railway Pioneers"

Shepton Mallet
1st Ramblers club "Homage to the Abominable Snowman"
2nd Vagabonds club "Minstrels 66"
3rd lime kiln club "Bengali lancers"

1st Ramblers club "Homage to the Abominable Snowman"
2nd lime kiln club "Bengali lancers"
3rd Vagabonds club "Minstrels 66"

1st Ramblers club "Homage to the Abominable Snowman"
2nd lime kiln club "Bengali lancers"
3rd Westzoyland club "Mississippi memories"

Footnote At the Town Hall on Monday 12 January 1966 "The swinging blue jeans" and "Dave Dee Dozy Beaky, Mick and Tich". Tickets were 5/-each. At the Bristol Hippodrome from 26 September 1966, "The Black and White Minstrel show". Tickets from 6/-
A gallon of petrol had now gone up to 4/9 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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