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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.
 

1968 "Slaves of the lamp"

Last updated 10-12-12

Unknowing to a lot of members during the early part of the year, this was to be the big breakthrough, at least in terms of gaining some sort of Honours from the cart in Bridgwater.
Eight years have now gone by since the formation of the club and at this stage no major trophy had been won in the procession at Bridgwater.
The commercial Inn had now change hands, with Bill Brown leaving the area. Our next President was to be Roy Johnston who, with his wife Janet, and moved down from Bristol to take over their first pub. Fund-raising was usually aimed at such things as skittle weekends, Raffles, and 20 weeks combinations. It appeared to be the excepted thing in those day's that if all debts were paid of by February or March of the following year, we should be in a very strong financial position at the end of carnival. Around 600 to 750 would have been considered excellent reward for a year's fund raising.


Stage 7th position

1968


The scene of the stage show was that it should be built with a pantomime type setting, designed around the Aladdin theme so popular with children. Various lighting effects were tried and tested which appear to heighten the sinister quality of the show.
Also incorporated for the first time on any of the club's stage set was ultra Violet lighting. Depicting a very sinister bunch of robbers who were all out for their own ends, the club use such songs as "got to pick a pocket or two", "we are the robbers of the world", and the club's own version of a song called "Aladdin's hideaway". All in all, a very colorful and enjoyable stage show.

The cart 3rd position
1968
The photo below is from the
Bill Puddy Collection Marketeers would like to thank the
CARNIVAL CHRONICLE WEBSITE GROUP
for leting us use them

1968
Times have not changed at all when it comes to completing a cart. Our friend The gigantic genie sat somewhat dominant in a state of semi- completion until it was realized that Carnival was only 48 hours away.
So on Thursday lunch time it was hurriedly decided to give the poor fellow a suit of clothes to hide is 4" By 2" framework. This was completed by about 4.30 P.M., then out came some sweeping brushes and two bowls of purple emotion, so that he could be painted on the way to the start. It was only when the float crossed over the Westzoyland bridge, that members watching it progress realize the carts potential.
This year the club headed the Third Division with our friend the genie towering over the front of the cart, set against a brightly colored onion domed mosque at the back of the float.
The movement and general effect was far better than the club could have envisaged, with
handfuls of gun powder been thrown into ornaments stands situated along the side of the float the judges must have been equally impressed for they awarded the club 3rd prize in local features, together with the Walter hooper cup. History had been made!


Officials of the club

President Mr. R Johnston

Secretary R stoodley

Competitions secretary C Hocking


1968 road result

Bridgwater
1st British flag club "The Kingdom of the Lost World"
2nd lime kiln club "Alpine folk at the White Horse Inn"
3rd commercial club "slave of the lamp"

North Petherton
1st British flag club "The Kingdom of the Lost World"
2nd lime kiln club "Alpine folk at the White Horse Inn"
3rd Pig and whistle club "South American way"

Burnham and Highbridge
1st lime kiln club "Alpine folk at the White Horse Inn"
2nd British flag club "The Kingdom of the Lost World"
3rd Ramblers club "Mardi Gras Parade"
4th Commercial club "slave of the lamp"

Shepton Mallet
1st British flag club "The Kingdom of the Lost World"
2nd lime kiln club "Alpine folk at the White Horse Inn"
3rd Golden Lion club "Mexican fiesta"

Wells
1st British flag club "The Kingdom of the Lost World"
2nd lime kiln club "Alpine folk at the White Horse Inn"
3rd Ramblers club "Mardi Gras Parade"

Glastonbury

1st British flag club "The Kingdom of the Lost World"
2nd lime kiln club "Alpine folk at the White Horse Inn"
3rd Commercial club "slave of the lamp"

Footnote Twenty tipped cigarette had now gone to 4/6d. A 4 lb. Ready roasted chicken at Lipton's was 9/6 d. And a special offer from S W E B for a new night storage heater could be fitted for 23.

Taken from the book
THE HISTORY OF MARKETEERS CARNIVAL CLUB 1960 - 1980 WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY DAVE STONE
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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