Roaring, smoking cannons, and a cauldron shooting fire high into the night helped mighty Gremlins Carnival Club capture Bridgwater Carnival’s championship again – but the rest of the talent on show was also truly terrific.
Gremlins, took the theme of Revolution to mount a swaggering version of America’s rebellion with musket wielding troops ready to fight to the death. Head-on the cart had the drama of an action-film poster with the pistol-toting rebel leader urging on his men astride a giant horse, framed by musket-wielding side-kicks. Meanwhile clock faces and a rocking name board brought another meaning to revolution, and showed the Gremlins’ technical experts still have plenty of firepower of their own.
Every cart and every masquerader was a star, from the brilliantly realised skeletons and giant serpents of Ramblers CC’s Adventures of Ali Baba, to Huckyduck’s gigantic elephants bringing Hannibal’s fight with Rome to vivid life. One of the most evocative was Griffens’ Dickens’ Christmas, a breathtaking realisation of the great novelist’s characters, in which a terrifying giant Scrooge loomed large and delicate flurries of snow drifted out towards the crowd.
From circus clowns to the horrors of Sweeney Todd, every entry shone under a silver moon on a perfect, dry, fine, cold, night. Masqueraders, always good value, brought the spirit of the great event out into the crowds. Thousands poured into the town and organisers believe the change of date to a Saturday has been a boost to an event which is already the biggest of its kind in Europe.
The squibbing finale saw 165 carnival club members lined up in the High Street holding aloft the giant fireworks which shot fountains of gold into the night. What a shame that so many who enjoyed the show left streets and pavements lined with cans and bottles, for others to clear away.
BRIDGWATER CARNIVAL 2012 - PICTURE SPECIAL
BRIDGWATER CARNIVAL 2012 RESULTS
Special trophies Local championship: Revolution, Gremlins CC. Runner-up, Aloha, Vagabonds CC. Longest squib: Dickens Christmas, Griffens CC. Best local comic feature: Strictly Not Dancing, Newmarket CC. Best local juvenile cart: Clown Town, Marina Sydenham CC. Best Local adult masquerade group: WILF’s Putting the Fun Back into the Dead, Wilf’s CC. Towing vehicle: 1, The Journey of the Polar Bear Queen, Masqueraders CC; 2, Revolution, Gremlins CC; 3, Dickens Christmas, Griffens CC. Vehicle driver: 1, Hannibal (Rome’s Worst Nightmare); 2, The Journey of the Polar Bear Queen, Masqueraders CC; 3, Atlantis, Pentathlon. Best costume mounted entries: Race Time Starlight Express, Gemini CC. Most original mounted entry: Revolution, Gremlins CC. Best decorated generator: Race Time Starlight Express, Gemini CC. Towing vehicle and driver, local: Aloha, Vagabonds CC. Best lighting local: Revolution, Gremlins CC. Most improved local mounted: Circus, Crusaders CC.
Classes Tableau open: 1, Race Time, Starlight Express, Gemini CC; 2, Hannibal (Rome’s Worst Nightmare), Huckyduck CC; 3, Atlantis, Wills CC. Tableau local: 1, Mrs Lovett’s Meat Pies, Wills CC; 2, Amsterdam, Centurion CC. Feature open: 1, The Journey of the Polar Bear Queen, Masqueraders CC; 2, Rock Vegas, Globe CC; 3, Circus, Westonzoyland CC. Feature local: 1, Revolution, Gremlins CC; 2, Roller-Ghoster, Marketeers CC; 3, The Adventures of Ali Baba, Ramblers CC. Comic feature: 1, Strictly Not Dancing, Newmarket CC; 2, Plankers, Cary Comedians CC; 3, Properr Job, Nunsford Nutters CC. Juvenile Cart: 1, Clown Town, Marina Sydenham JCC; 2, The Hollywood Hotel 1939, Hillview CC; 3, The Dove Ball, South Brent CC. Masqueraders: , Groups, adult: 1, Western Wedding, Motiv8 CC; 2, Marry the Night, Xtreme CC; 3, WILFS Putting the Fun Back Into the Dead, Wilfs CC. Groups juvenile: 1, Koko’s Kids, Crusaders CC; 2, Flowers in the Rain, Key Kids CC. Groups (3-5): 1, Glowing Skies, Next Generation CC; 2, Lord of Darkness, Paul Lugg; 3, Jack Sparrow and his Motly Crew, Captain Jack Experience. Pairs: 1, Jestus 2, Dee Gee’s Carnival Club; 2, Up Up and Away, Cousins CC, Ilminster. Cup Cakes, Razzamatazz CC. Single adult: 1, Atlantis, A&A CC; 2, Patriotic Pageant, Adam Xox3, Snowflake Wizardry, Andy Tizzard. Single juvenile: 1, Phanton-En-Violet, AJCC Aiden J Pearcy; 2, Paradise Island, Carina Haines; 3, Storm Force to the Rescue, Izzy Wheeler. Towing vehicle: 1, Journey of the Polar Bear Queen, Masqueraders CC; 2, Revolution, Gremlins CC; 3, Dickens Christmas, Griffens CC. Vehicle driver: 1, Hannibal (Rome’s Worst Nightmare), Huckyduck CC; 2, The Journey of the Polar Bear Queen, Masqueraders CC; 3, Atlantis, Pentathlon CC.