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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.
 

1979 "SPLENDOUR OF THE AZTECS"

Last updated 15-12-12

The Club's 1979 theme offered tremendous scope, particularly with costume and ambitious cart design.
Before the costumes could be designed, it was important to have a basic knowledge of the Aztec civilization, and so children's books were obtained on the subject. The Club was fortunate to be able to obtain literature that contained bright, colorful illustrations on the subject.
There was to be four different types of costume selected by the Club, these were outfits for Eagle Warriors, Cougar Warriors, Drummers and Priests.Although membership fees had now gone up to £17.50, it was still necessary to continue working hard on the fund raising aspect of the Club. Forty-week competitions together with cabarets and the annual Hot Dog stall during Fair week, being the main sources of income.We were to continue building the float at the Halfway Inn where the landlord, Alec Bosley, who himself was an old member of the Vagabonds Club, continued to rag the lads about how his old club were going to win the 1979 carnival procession. Little did we know at that time, how right he was going to be! However, we did chase them hard around the County circuit, with never more than one or two places separating the two clubs.



1979 THE STAGE 2nd POSITION


1979

The show began with a strong up-tempo version of "Let The Sun Shine In" from the musical "Hair". This opening had tremendous visual impact, from the sheer colour variety of the costume, to the Aztec Sun design on the backcloth. Then into "I Can See Clearly Now" which was followed by a change of light setting with the stage being dimmed, while the lads performed the theme from "Exodus" The effect of the drummers and priests in their bright red and yellow costumes added greatly to the impact of the show. Next came "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" which although an instrumental number, had chants incorporated in to fit various sections of The show ended with the Club reverting- back to their first number entitled "Let The Sun Shine In" The audiences seemed to sense the vitality and enthusiasm of the Club's performance and showed their appreciation at the end of the scene.

1979 THE CART 2nd POSITION

1979

The Cart, designed with four feather serpents along each side, featured four suns built into the roof of the float. The suns alone were lit with over a thousand bulbs.
Rain fell as the carts moved out of Parkway and, although only lasting for a short while, it was enough to leave everyone rather wet and cold.
The float entitled "Splendour of the Aztecs" was number 84, out of 132 Even with the weather as bad as it was, this did not keep the crowds down and to prove their appreciation of this spectacular, a record collection was made of £5,062.
The Club took second place together with the Charlton Cup, being pipped to the post by their old friends and rivals, the Vagabonds Club.



OFFICIALS OF THE CLUB


PRESIDENTS: Mr. & Mrs. R. Marine
CHAIRMAN: M~ Wills TREASURER: C. Mockridge
SECRETARY: R. Stoodley CAPTAIN: G. Dunster
MEMBERS:
B. Baker, A. Bawden, M. Bawden, C. Chidgey, A. Clapp, S. Clarke, G. Daughton, J. Dibble, P. Elson, J. Hooper, D. Honey, F. Mead, B. Mullins, S. Payne, S. Paynter, P. Smith, D. Stone, P. Stubbs, R. Tozer, J. Webb, K. Witts & S. Wood.
TRACTOR DRIVER: G. Higgins
ELECTRICIAN: B. Villis
DRESSMAKERS:
Mrs. Bryant, Miss Gore, Miss McSweeney, Mrs. Mead, Mrs. Mockridge & Members Wives.
STAGE CHOREOGRAPHER; Miss T. Cummins
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Mr. T. Winter
HELPERS:
M. Hedge & T. Froude.


1979 ROAD RESULTS


BRIDGWATER
1st VAGABONDS CC "Y Viva Espana"
2nd MARKETEERS CC "Splendour of the Aztecs"
3rd GREMLINS CC "In The Mood With Glen Miller"

NORTH PETHERTON
1st VAGABONDS CC "Y Viva Espana"
2nd BUCCANEERS CC "Parade of Glory"
3rd MARKETEERS CC "Splendour of the Aztecs"

BURNHAM & HIGHBRIDGE
1st VAGABONDS CC "Y Viva Espana"
2nd GREMLINS CC "In The Mood With Glen Miller"
3rd MARKETEERS CC "Splendour of the Aztecs"

SHEPTON MALLET
1st VAGABONDS CC "Y Viva Espana"
2nd MARKETEERS CC "Splendour of the Aztecs"
3rd LIME KILN CC "Chinese Water Palace"

WELLS
1st VAGABONDS CC "Y Viva Espana"
2nd MARKETEERS CC "Splendour of the Aztecs"
3rd GREMLINS CC "In The Mood With Glen Miller"

GLASTONBURY
1st VAGABONDS CC "Y Viva Espana"
2nd MARKETEERS CC "Splendour of the Aztecs"
3rd BUCCANEERS CC "Parade of Glory"

WESTON-SUPER-MARE
1st = VAGABONDS CC "Y Viva Espana"
1st = MARKETEERS CC "Splendour of the Aztecs"
3rd GREMLINS CC "In The Mood With Glen Miller"



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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