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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.
 

1977 "Plaktron of Aqualantis"

Last updated 15-12-12

This was to be the last full carnival year that Paul and Doreen were to be "Mine hosts" at the then named Market House. They managed to time their departure to perfection by leaving one week after Weston Carnival. The 1977 theme was based on an idea put forward to the Club by Mike Biddiscombe. Basically the float was to depict an underwater scene, with the main feature of the cart being Neptune's son. Mike had pretty progressive ideas about how the members should be presented on the float. The theory was that they should be suspended horizontally in mid air by means of a breastplate attachment to a scaffold tube. If all sounded a bit "fishy" to the members, but then we try anything The costume was designed to give the appearance of an underwater creature swimming around Neptune's son, and consisted of flippers, a silk cat-suit type costume, covered in scales and finished off with a rather peculiar fish head that could be blended in to the remainder of the costume by means of scales. During the year cabarets were to change their venue from the Blake Hall to Chilton Trinity School, the first artist to appear there was that popular comedian Frank Carson.



1977 STAGE 4th POSITION


1977

A very effective stage setting was used for "Neptune's Party Time". It consisted of the backcloth featuring Neptunehimself peering out into the audience. Surrounding the entire front section of the stage was silver foil, which created a very impressive underwater scene. The show was of a light-hearted nature, featuring such songs as "Three Little Fishes", "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" then a spot of comedy with "Wibbly Wobbly Walk", supported by the Club's version of that old classic entitled "Fever"
This was the first time that any club had ever attempted an underwater song scene, nevertheless, it won great applause from the many people attending the Carnival concerts.


1977 CART 2nd POSITION


1977

1977

Creating a mobile underwater world was not the easiest thing to do, but the float gave exactly that impression with the main feature being Neptune's son stretching out over the front of the cart. At the back could be seen a variety of sea creatures basking in a world thatlooked oh, so peaceful. The brightly lit coral reef was a perfect setting in which to suspend the club members, who were ably and so enthusiastically lead by Mike Biddiscombe.
Some 80,000 people were to see the procession wind its way up through the town, the result being another record collection of just under £3,500.
For their efforts, the Club gained 2nd place, together with the Charlton Cup for the first time in their history. They were also awarded the Aquarius Cup for the best costume in the procession.


1977


Officials of the Club


PRESIDENTS: Mr. & Mrs. P, Taylor
CHAIRMAN: A. Trunks
TREASURER: C. Mockridge:
SECRETARY: R. Stoodley
CAPTAIN: G. Dunster
MEMBERS:
A. Bawden, M. Bawden, D. Bell, M. Biddiscombe, D. Cromey, G. Daughton, J. Dibble,
P. Elson, G. Gratton, J. Hooper, D. Horsey, D. Lewis, F. Mead, B. Mullins, S. Paynter, T. Pickett, D. Stone, R. Tozer, J. Webb, K. White, M. Wills, K. Witts & S. Wood
TRACTOR DRIVER: G. Higgins
ELECTRICIAN: B. Villis
STAGE CHOREOGRAPHER: Miss T. Cummins
DRESSMAKERS: Mrs. Bryant, Mrs. Mockridge, Wives and Girlfriends.


1977 Road Results


BRIDGWATER
1st VAGABONDS CC "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
2nd MARKETEERS CC "Plaktron of Aqualantis"
3rd CRUSADERS CC "Pageant to Richard the Lionheart"

NORTH PETHERTON
1st VAGABONDS CC "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
2nd MARKETEERS CC "Plaktron of Aqualantis"
3rd CRUSADERS CC "Pageant to Richard the Lionheart"

BURNHAM & HIGHBRIDGE
1st REVELLERS CC "Warlords of Destiny"
2nd = MARKETEERS CC "Plaktron of Aqualantis"
2nd = VAGABONDS CC "Alexander's Ragtime Band"

SHEPTON MALLET
1st VAGABONDS CC "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
2nd REVELLERS CC "Warlords of Destiny"
3rd MARKETEERS CC "Plaktron of Aqualantis"

WELLS
1st VAGABONDS CC "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
2nd REVELLERS CC "Warlords of Destiny"
3rd LIME KILN CC "Cameo Magnifique"

GLASTONBURY
1st VAGABONDS CC "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
2nd REVELLERS CC "Warlords of Destiny"
3rd MARKETEERS CC "Plaktron of Aqualantis"

WESTON-SUPER-MARE
1st VAGABONDS CC "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
2nd WESTONZOYLAND CC " People of the Zodiac"
3rd MARKETEERS CC "Plaktron of Aqualantis"


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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