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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.

1967 "In days of Old"

Last updated 10-12-12

1967 saw the club membership hovering around the twenty Mark, which seems to have been general average size or the early years.
Bill Brown was to continue his stay as landlord at the commercial and, as has been the policy of the club for a number of years, he was also to continue as President.
This year was the biggest milestone in the history of the club to date, for although major honours were not to come to them in the first four carivals, Wells and Glastonbury awarded first place to the lads on both nights. Fund raising was still to be focused around such places as the Boys Clubs, and reference has been brought to such functions as a Halloween dance whereby the only means of entry was to purchase a mask at the door.
The cart was to be built outside of the Commercial Inn by the side of a wall running parallel to the railway station.

"In days of old" was to be based on an idea featuring that famous historical character St George and his dear friend the dragon.
A main feature of the costumes was to be the chain-Mail worn by the various knight in armour and so an approach was made to Mrs Brown senior, who must have spent over half the carnival year knitting chain- mail for the members. Her work was then sprayed silver to give the right effect. The dragon was to be covered in sizlegraph paper which also was used to produce the scaled affect reference has been brought to its eyes which was contributed by the Vauxhall motor Co. And turned out to be the rear lamps of a Four ton Bedford truck.

1967 stage 3rd position


Kings, queens and Warriors played a prominent part in the structure of "in days of Old". Songs offering the right sort of stage impact were somewhat limited. The first choice was "Avalon" followed by "Faust`s Knights chorus" which really had the entire cast stepping in out. For what must have been the most automatic choice of finale, the club selector "onward Christian soldiers".
The costumes and stage setting were very colourful and the overall effect reflected a very impressive stage result.

The cart 5th position
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"In days of Old" was classed as one of the most ingenious ideas in the procession. Our friend, the dragon appeared to be having a pretty rough time of it from St George and his 14 men at Arms. His wings and head moved from side to side while its assailants battles and hacked at it with swords.
The lighting effects, supported by very colourful costumes and shield, made an excellent setting against a massive tree at the back of the cart, thus making the entry complete in every way.

Officials of the club

President Mr W Brown
Chairman Mr W Brown
Secretary Mr R stoodley
Treasure Mr P Lewis
Competition secretary Mr P Hesselberg

1967 Road result

1st lime kiln club "sons of Henry Morgan"
2nd British flat club "In old China"
3rd Vagabonds club "miners"
commercial club 5th position

North Petherton
1st lime kiln club "sons of Henry Morgan"
2nd British flat club "In old China"
3rd Pig and whistle club "The samurai"

Burnham on Sea
1st lime kiln club "sons of Henry Morgan"
2nd Pig and whistle club "The samurai"
3rd Commercial club "In days of Old"
It is interesting to note that this was the first attempt at revising
Burnham and Highbridge carnival, which had not be a part of the county circuit for a number of years.

Shepton Mallet
1st lime kiln club "sons of Henry Morgan"
2nd Westzoyland club "Cleopatra enters Rome"
3rd Commercial club "In days of Old"

Wells carnival
How to win without a cart
In 1967, as was the system at the time, all float were judged prior to Taken part in the procession.
The judging has already been completed on the club's float and the procession had started to move of when, as it approached the first bend of the route, it overran the tractor and jacknifed, throwing members of the float in all directions. Ivor Keirle, who was the tractor driver at the time sustained injuries to his legs and, together with severe damage to the towing attachment, the club had to abandon any hope of completing the course on the cart.
With no driver and a damaged float, the lads decided to complete the route on foot so that at least they would obtain the entrance money for completing the procession.
The result of their effort was rewarded with first prize for the first time in the history of the club!

1st Commercial club "In days of Old"
2nd lime kiln club "sons of Henry Morgan"
3rd Westzoyland club "Cleopatra enters Rome" At this stage reference should be made to Walt Cummins who happens to be watching the procession at Wells. On hearing of the club's dilemma, he came round to the damage float armed only with a piece of string, and with this he measured up for a new towing hitch. The following morning a new hitch was made an taken to Wells. It fitted perfectly and so enabling the club to partake in Glastonbury carnival that evening
Reaction from the Glastonbury public was overwhelming, and to finalise two amazing nights, another first place was gained in what must have been two of the most successful evenings in the history of the club.

1st Commercial club "In days of Old"
2nd lime kiln club "sons of Henry Morgan"
3rd Westzoyland club "Cleopatra enters Rome"

Footnote At the Co-op., September 1967, Prime rib of beef was 3/6 d. Per lb. A new 3 bedrooms detached house with garage situated in Wembdon was 4550

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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