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YMCA Carnival Club

YMCA Carnival club was formed in 1968, and is based at the town’s YMCA headquarters and socially at the Blake Hall. The first year the club entered as a walking comic feature with props built on an old car chassis lit by car batteries.

From 1969 the members built a cart and took part as an outside feature club, and in 1972 the club were privileged to be invited to become a local Bridgwater Carnival Club. There were now new challenges for the club; to produce a stage show, to build a cart for the procession, and to take part in the traditional squibbing display at the end of Bridgwater Carnival night. A proud moment for the club was in 1979 when it won the stage show with their production of A Day at the Grand Hotel.

In 2011 a group of club members wearing carnival costumes attended the official opening of the new Bridgwater YMCA building, and presented a book on the history of Bridgwater Carnival to, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent.

Like many clubs, there have lean years due to a lack of members, but through these difficult periods the club has been fortunate to have a group of stalwart members and helpers to keep it moving forward.

New members are an important part of any club, so if you are up for the challenge of being in the carnival procession and appearing on stage with YMCA CC, leave a message on the club’s Facebook page, or contact Ken on 01278 456747.

Procession Results

Year
Title
Class
Position
Cup
2019
Singing in the Rain
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
11
2018
Sing Sing Sing
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
9
2017
Welcome To Hell
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
10
2016
Skools Out
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
10
2015
Wonderland
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
10
2014
Tombs Of Doom
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
11
2013
Uprising
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
11
2012
There Be A Debt To Pay’
Feature Cart – Local
8
2011
Bugs
Feature & Tableau Cart – Local
8
2010
ITS CHRISTMAS
Feature & Tableau Cart – Local
11
2009
Candyland Express
Feature & Tableau Cart – Local
12
2008
JAZZ TIME
Feature Cart – Local
9
2007
A WINTER’S DREAM
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
9
2006
GO GO NOAH
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
8
2005
CROW FEVER
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
13
2004
TO THE BEYOND
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
13
2003
TRAVELLIN’ SHOW
Feature Cart – Local
11
2002
RITZ ‘N’ GLITZ SHOWTIME
Feature Cart – Local
10
2001
GET THAI’D
Feature Cart – Local
10
2000
WILD, WILD, WEST
Feature Cart – Local
9
1999
PEARLY PARADE
Feature Cart – Local
10
1998
FLIGHT OF FANCY
Feature Cart – Local
7
1997
LET’S ROCK
Feature Cart – Local
8
1996
STARS AND STRIPES
Feature Cart – Local
10
1995
RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS
Feature Cart – Local
10
1994
CASINO SHOWTIME
Feature Cart – Local
8
1993
SPIRIT OF THE SIOUX
Feature Cart – Local
8
1992
ALLEY CATS
Feature Cart – Local
11
1991
ORIENTAL SPLENDOUR
Feature Cart – Local
8
1990
CLOWNS
Feature Cart – Local
8
1989
BUTTERFLY BALL
Feature Cart – Local
9
1988
PEACOCKS PARADISE
Feature Cart – Local
6
1987
PUPPETS PLAYTIME
Feature Cart – Local
10
1986
SEASIDE MEMORIES
Feature Cart – Local
11
1984
GOLLIES GALORE
Feature Cart – Local
6
1982
GRADUATION RHYTHM
Feature Cart – Local
3
1971
THE KING AND I
Non Comic Feature Cart – Open
1
1970
COSSACK WEDDING
Feature Cart – Open
1
1968
THE TEA PLOT
Comic Feature On Foot
4

Concert Results

Year
Title
Class
Position
Cup
2019
Singing in the Rain
Features & Tableau
11
2018
Jazz Time
Features & Tableau
11
2017
 Welcome To Hell
Features & Tableau
13
2016
 Skools Out
Features & Tableau
10
2015
 Wonderland
Features & Tableau
11
2014
Dusk To Dawn
Features & Tableau
8
2013
Uprising
Features & Tableau
11
2012
Jolly Joes
Features & Tableau
8
2011
Buggin Around
Features & Tableau
6
2010
It’s Christmas
Features & Tableau
10
2009
Candyland
Features & Tableau
7
2008
Jazz Time
Features & Tableau
7
2007
A Winter’s Dream
Features & Tableau
10
2006
Go Go Noah
Features & Tableau
7
2005
Crow Fever
Features & Tableau
8
2004
To The Beyond
Features & Tableau
8
2003
Travellin’ Show
Features & Tableau
11
2002
Irving Berlin Showtime
Features & Tableau
11
2001
Get Thai’d
Features & Tableau
7
2000
Wild Wild West
Feature
5
1999
Cockney Rhyme, Step In Time
Feature
5
1998
Go Go Birdshow
Feature
11
1997
That’ll Be The Day
Feature
5
1996
Broadway Rhythm
Feature
6
1995
Tequila Sunrise
Feature
8
1994
Palais Royale
Feature
9
1993
Spirit Of The Sioux
Feature
10
1992
Alley Cats
Feature
10
1991
Oriental Splendour
Feature
9
1990
Crazy Clowns
Feature
9
1989
Butterfly Ball
Feature
10
1988
Peacock’s Parade
Feature
6
1987
Puppets Playtime
Feature
8
1986
Seaside Memories
Feature
10
1979
A Day at the Grand Hotel
Most Improved Club – Concert
1979
A Day at the Grand Hotel
Concert – Tableaux or Feature – White Hart Cup runner up
1976
That Golden Age *
Second Position – Tableaux
1973
Prohibition – Chicago Style *
Second Position – Tableaux

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