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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.
 

1975 "American Roadshow"

Last updated 15-12-12

So 1975 was to see the club attempting a hat trick of wins at the Bridgwater, which was something of a rare achievement at the time, even on the past performances from other clubs. An extra incentive was that the cash prize had been increased to 75 for the first place in the local gangs and features section Enthusiasm within the club had never run so high. Cabarets where to be introduced at the Blake hall to boost club funds, together with the continuation of the now established forty-week competitions. Work on the theme entitled American Roadshow was to start early in the year for with such things as guns and spurs to make, no time could be wasted Even the U.S. Embassy in London had taken a keen interest in the theme. That very important thing know as the carnival licence allowed the club to design cowboy outfits with the style and colour that was needed to succeed in the carnival. This also applied to the Indian costumes. These were to be presented with brightly coloured head-dressed made from various types of coloured feathers. The cart was to be of an abstract design featuring such things as shooting stars, totem poles; a large model of a cowboy situated in the centre an Indians head surrounding the front of the float.



1975 Stage 4th position


1975

Stage The stage show entitled Way out west had all the ingredients of a real "Gidee up Tha" cowboy show, featuring an exhibition of gun slinging by Mike "Roy Rogers" Biddiscombe. It should e pointed out that at one stage performance while he was demonstrating the noble art of spinning a gun around his finger, the deadly weapon decided to go its own way leaving a very red faced Mike to go "wandering" around the stage to find his weapon so that we could continue with the show. The scene could be best described as Oklahoma, Ghost riders in the sky and a lively version of I'm an Indian too from the Indian male voice choir. The overall effect of the show seemed to make the audience sit up in their saddles.


The Cart 5th position

1975

An all time record of 132 entries too part in the procession, and together with an estimated crowd of around 80,000 people, a little over 2,600 was put into the collection boxes. As the float entitled American Roadshow passed the market house, a large U.S. flag could be seen flying proudly outside the pub. All the members must have felt as proud as they passed there headquarter. However the hat trick was not to be. Technical errors in the constuction of the float, mainly in being overcrowded, resulted in the club being placed 5th. Mr. & Mrs p. Taylor M Butt C Mockridge


Officials of the Club


Presidents Mr. and Mrs. P Taylor
Chairman M Butt
Treasure C Mockridge
Secretary R Stoodley
Captain G Dunster


1975 Road Results


Bridgwater 1st Gremlins CC, The World of Hans Christian Anderson
2nd British Flag CC, Yanks Afloat on the 4th July
3rd Hope Inn CC, Love
4th Vagabonds CC, Cartoon Carnival
5th Marketeers CC, American Roadshow

North Petherton
1st British Flag CC, Yanks Afloat on the 4th July
2nd Hope Inn CC, Love
3rd Gremlins CC, The World of Hans Christian Anderson

Burnham and Highbridge
1st Swan Revellers CC, Ceremonial Barge of the Dragon Empress
2nd British Flag CC, Yanks Afloat on the 4th July
3rd Gremlins CC, The World of Hans Christian Anderson

Shepton Mallet
1st Gremlins CC, The World of Hans Christian Anderson
2nd British Flag CC, Yanks Afloat on the 4th July
3rd Swan Revellers CC, Ceremonial Barge of the Dragon Empress

Wells
1st Westonzoyland CC, Salytation to the Scimitars
2nd Swan Revellers CC, Ceremonial Barge of the Dragon Empress
3rd Gremlins CC, The World of Hans Christian Anderson

Glastonbury
1st Gremlins CC, The World of Hans Christian Anderson
2nd Swan Revellers CC, Ceremonial Barge of the Dragon Empress
3rd Vagabonds CC, Cartoon Carnival

Weston Super mare
1st =Marketeers CC, American Roadshow
1st = Gremlins CC, The World of Hans Christian Anderson
3rd = Swan Revellers CC, Ceremonial Barge of the Dragon Empress
3rd = Hope Inn CC, Love


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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