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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.
 

1976 "Xanadu"

Last updated 15-12-12

Success can only be measured by results, and positive results were exactly what was achieved in possibly the most successful year in the history of the club. (This was Taken from a book that was written in 1981 the year before Land of Make Believe) Pride of place whet to the Midsomer Norton Cup, witch the club had now won three times in the last four years. In all eleven cups were won, including trophies for four first places, two second places and one third place. Add to these three cups for "Best Entry in Procession" and the Carnival Football Cup earlier in the year, and one can see that this was a remarkable year. The theme "Xanadu" was inspired by Coleridg's famous poem about the mythical kingdom of Kubla Khan. Celebrations were not limited to winning carnivals alone. On the day of North Petherton Carnival, our tractor driver at the time, Gerry "Flash" Higgins started the morning of by getting married, then after a quick change of cloths after the reception, took the float two miles up the road to North Petherton where he celebrated his wedding day by driving it around the rout with his bride of some seven hours sat on the generator! The club was invited by the greater London Council to take the float to London to partake in the famous Easter Parade in Battersea Park on the afternoon of Easter Sunday. The float and some of the members left Bridgwater on the Thursday morning prior to the Parade. The rest of the club together with an extra coach load of supporters travelled to London at the weekend. To celebrate the Silver Jubilee, the club enter a float entitled "Red White and Blue" in the Jubilee carnival. The members wore traditional Jubilee costumes witch were all reminiscent of their 1973 entry entitled "Bulldog Breed". Well to be honest they were the same costumes the lads had dug out from the backs of their wardrobes! For the effort, we were awarded a barrel of beer, donated for the best entry in the show, which resulted in a pleasant and inexpensive evening.

Webmaster note :- I know the Easter Parade took place in 1977 but it would not have happened at all if it was not for this idea.
1976

1976


1976 Stage 3rd position

1976

The stage show could best be described as a spectacular, featuring Cossack-type dancing. Some of the song used have been old favourites with the club for many years now, such as "Sons of Toil and Danger" and "To Life" from "Fiddler on the Roof". The show opened with "I've Got Life" from "Hair" witch is considered to be one of the most difficult songs attempted by the club. The middle of the scene saw a Cossack dance performed by Vladimir Witts and Ivan Paynter, which was supported by the theme music to "Fire, Earth, Water". To complete the scene, "Sons of Toil and Danger" brought the curtain closed.

The Cart 3rd position

1976

An estimated 4,000 was spent on the cart, with its immaculate giant glass fibre dragons portraying all the mystique of the Orient. So before a crowd of 75,000 people, the float moved off, revealing the mysteries of that Utopian land "Xanadu". Some 2000 light bulbs bedecked the cart as once again the club stated off the first division of the procession with an impressive tribute to the imagination of the club members.


Officials of the Club


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


1976 Road Results

Bridgwater
1st Lime Kiln CC, "The Music Men"
2nd British Flag CC, "Guardians of the Empire"
3rd = Marketeers CC, "Xanadu"
3rd = Vagabonds CC, "Happy Birthday USA"


North Petherton
1st, Marketeers CC, "Xanadu"
2nd British Flag CC, "Guardians of the Empire"
3rd Vagabonds CC, "Happy Birthday USA"


Burnham and Highbridge
1st Lime Kiln CC, "The Music Men"
2nd Marketeers CC, "Xanadu"
3rd Vagabonds CC, "Happy Birthday USA"


Shepton Mallet
1st Marketeers CC, "Xanadu"
2nd Lime Kiln CC, "The Music Men"
3rd Vagabonds CC, "Happy Birthday USA"


Wells
1st Marketeers CC, "Xanadu"
2nd Lime Kiln CC, "The Music Men"
3rd Vagabonds CC, "Happy Birthday USA"


Glastonbury
1st Lime Kiln CC, "The Music Men"
2nd Vagabonds CC, "Happy Birthday USA"
3rd Marketeers CC, "Xanadu"


Weston Super mare
1st = Marketeers CC, "Xanadu"
1st = Lime Kiln CC, "The Music Men"
3rd Vagabonds CC, "Happy Birthday USA"


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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