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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.
 

1973 "Bulldog Breed"

Last updated 15-12-12

The club now had 12 months before the next carnival to settle down at the Market House. This was to be an extremely busy period because arrangements also had to be made as to where the float could be built for the following year. Frank and Pat Mortimer at the Halfway Inn, were to solve this problem and so at last the cart was allowed to settle down on its own piece of grass. We are still Building there three decades later.(July 31, 2002). The 1973 theme entitled "Bulldog Breed" was to be the start of three of the more memorable years in the club's history. The premier award in local features section was to be taken for the first time, together with the Midsomer Norton County cup. Little did the lads know that in two years time they would be going for a hat-trick of first prizes in the local Feature section. This also applied to the Midsomer Norton County cup. The cart was to be centered around a 40 ft model of Britannia which was to be scaled down from a 50 the piece. It was to be surrounded by Lions, the traditional symbol of pride and tenacity. Situated at the rear of the card would be an 8 ft high Crown standing on four pillars, under which was a Union Jack set in the ceiling that would be featured entirely out of light bulbs.



1973 STAGE 6TH POSITION


1973

1973 was to be the now renamed Marketeers Carnival club's debut at the Carnival concert. The setting featured a large Union Jack at the rear of the stage. Variation in height was given to the members by use of boxed units that were lit at the front for added effect. Dressed in their white trousers, Blue coat with Union Jack waistcoat, and black leather boots, the lads looked the finest bunch of John Bulls ever to congregate on a stage. Their choruseing was first class and they really injected all the necessary patriotism into the numbers. There was a memorable finale to, as the club ended their song scene with "Rule Britannia" and "Land of Hope and glory"


The Cart 1st POSITION


1973
1973
1973

Around 1,000 people were to partake in the carnival, which again set another record with some 124 entries.Held under a full Moon in fresh, but dry conditions, the cart was to receive almost continuous applause as it wound its way through the town. Movement was very slick, with lots of use being made of the White top hat, which were removed in time to the music of "Banner Man".Then after the procession, the wait before the results were obtained. Then at approximately 11.00 P.M.,the Market House was to experience a human explosion as news filtered through that the club had cracked "the big one" together with the Bryer cup.


Officials of the Club

Presidents Mr. and Mrs. P Taylor
Chairman K Trunks
Treasure C Hocking
Secretary R Stoodley
Captain G Dunster


1973 Road Results


Bridgwater
1st Marketeers club "Bulldog Breed"
2nd Ramblers club "Caribbean Carnival afloat"
3rd Gremlins club "The sound of the Beatles"

North Petherton
1st Ramblers club "Caribbean Carnival afloat"
2nd Gremlins club "The sound of the Beatles"
3rd Marketeers club "Bulldog Breed"

Burnham and Highbridge
1st Ramblers club "Caribbean Carnival afloat"
2nd Marketeers club "Bulldog Breed"
3rd not known

Shepton Mallet
1st Ramblers club "Caribbean Carnival afloat"
2nd Marketeers club "Bulldog Breed"
3rd not known

Wells
1st Marketeers club "Bulldog Breed"
2nd Ramblers club "Caribbean Carnival afloat"
3rd Gremlins club "The sound of the Beatles"

Glastonbury
Equal 1st British flag club "Branch line special"
Ramblers club "Caribbean Carnival afloat"
3rd Gremlins club "The sound of the Beatles"

Weston Super mare
1st Marketeers club "Bulldog Breed"
2nd Ramblers club "Caribbean Carnival afloat"
3rd Gremlins club "The sound of the Beatles"


The result at Weston Super mare assured the club of the Midsomer Norton County cup for the first time in their history.


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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