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Crusaders Carnival Club

Crusaders Carnival Club

The Crusaders are the oldest surviving carnival club in Bridgwater and indeed the whole of Somerset.

The club was formed in 1935 as The Hope Inn CC. It is in those early years the club won the road with The Jockeys in 1938, and won the stage in 1947 with The Cotton Pickers.

In 1977 the club changed their name to the Crusaders Carnival Club and their headquarters to The Three Crowns Pub. The title of the club’s procession entry for that year was Pageant to Richard the Lionheart – The Crusades – 1189 to 1199.

The club is now based at The Railway Club, Wellington Road, Bridgwater.

There has been a member of The Dodden Family in the club for the past 72 years, with this family connection starting back in 1949.

The club is also twinned and actively involved with St Brelade Battle of Flowers Association – a small group of enthusiastic volunteers who enter Jersey’s Battle of Flowers Carnival Parade annually in  August.

Crusaders CC is a popular club which has had its ups and downs over its long and distinguished history. The club members have always known how to enjoy themselves at social and fundraising events, such as organising inflatables at fetes, bingos, stewarding and bar work.

The club consists of approximately 20 full members, 12 life members, plus various vice presidents and helpers.

New members are always welcome, and if you would like to join or find out more about the club, contact Antony Dodden (antonyjdodden@aol.com).

Procession Results

Year
Title
Class
Position
Cup
2019
Rock
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
10
2018
Surf’s Up
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
8
2017
Sweep
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
11
2016
Gaelic
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
11
2015
Happy Birthday
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
11
2014
Zummerset
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
10
2013
One Wild Night
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
9
2012
Circus
Feature Cart – Local
7
2011
Toyz
Feature & Tableau Cart – Local
12
2010
FROSTY JACK
Feature & Tableau Cart – Local
9
2009
Bantu
Feature & Tableau Cart – Local
8
2008
LUNG
Feature Cart – Local
7
2007
SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
7
2006
ENGLAND’S GLORY
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
12
2005
FIESTA MEXICANA
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
9
2004
JUNGLE ROCK
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
10
2003
LOVE
Feature Cart – Local
8
2002
AZTECHS
Feature Cart – Local
5
2001
VOODOO
Feature Cart – Local
6
2000
4th OF JULY
Feature Cart – Local
10
1999
LUCK OF THE IRISH
Feature Cart – Local
6
1998
RIO
Feature Cart – Local
6
1997
COSSACK CARNIVAL
Feature Cart – Local
6
1996
THE TOYMAKERS DREAM
Feature Cart – Local
11
1995
HIP HOP BUG BOP
Feature Cart – Local
9
1994
IT’S CHRISTMAS
Feature Cart – Local
4
1993
A PHARAOH’S STORY
Feature Cart – Local
6
1992
REBEL YELL
Feature Cart – Local
7
1991
SWEETS DREAMS
Feature Cart – Local
9
1990
GHOSTBUSTERS
Feature Cart – Local
9
1989
RAINBOW RHYTHM
Feature Cart – Local
8
1988
THE GAMBLER
Feature Cart – Local
11
1987
OCEANIA CARNIVAL
Feature Cart – Local
8
1986
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Feature Cart – Local
8
1980
JOHNNY REB
Feature Cart – Local
2
1979
IN MINT CONDITION
Feature Cart – Local
5
1978
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
Feature Cart – Local
5
1977
PAGEANT TO RICHARD THE LIONHEART – THE CRUSADES 1189 – 1199
Feature Cart – Local
3

Concert Results

Year
Title
Class
Position
Cup
2019
Rock
Features & Tableau
13
2018
Surf’s Up
Features & Tableau
13
2017
 The Old Smoke
Features & Tableau
12
2016
 Good, Bad And The Irish
Features & Tableau
12
2015
 Celebrations
Features & Tableau
13
2014
 A Scarecrows Party
Features & Tableau
13
2013
One Wild Night
Features & Tableau
9
2012
Thunder & Blaze Circus For All
Features & Tableau
12
2011
It’s A Toys Life
Features & Tableau
12
2010
Hazy Shade Of Winter
Features & Tableau
13
2009
Bantu
Features & Tableau
12
2008
Warriors Of Shoaling
Features & Tableau
11
2007
Santa’s Little Helpers
Features & Tableau
12
2006
England’s Glory
Features & Tableau
12
2005
Down Mexico Way
Features & Tableau
13
2004
Tonight At The Jungle Rock Cafe
Features & Tableau
11
2003
Love & Marriage
Features & Tableau
12
2002
Temple Of The Aztechs
Features & Tableau
12
2001
Feiticero Warriors
Features & Tableau
10
2000
Star Struck Stateside
Feature
9
1999
Irish’ You Were Here
Feature
7
1998
Rocking In Rio
Feature
9
1997
Tonight’s The Night
Feature
11
1996
Behind Closed Doors
Feature
11
1995
Hip Hop Bug Bop
Feature
6
1994
Step Into Christmas
Feature
7
1993
Joseph
Feature
6
1992
The South Will Rise Again
Feature
9
1991
Sweet Dreams
Feature
10
1990
Midnight
Feature
11
1989
Rainbow Rhythm
Feature
9
1988
The Gambler
Feature
11
1987
Rhythm Of The Islands
Feature
9
1986
Alice In Wonderland
Feature
12

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