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Gerald Wills Cup


Inscribed: – Presented to the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival by Gerald Wills M.P. in 1948.

Awarded for: – Procession – 1st position – Feature 5 or more on foot – Bridgwater Only.

Up until 1978 the cup was awarded to entrants Mounted or on Foot.

There was amendment in 2000 that entrants in this class must obtain 4th position or above to be awarded this cup.

List of Winners:
1948 New Nation Health Service Scheme Crowpill Sports Club, Bridgwater
1949 Circus comes to Town Crowpill Sports Club, Bridgwater
1950 New Sports Stadium Crowpill Sports Club, Bridgwater
1951 Band Contest Crowpill Sports Club, Bridgwater
1952 The Wedding of the Hop-Legged Family Crowpill Sports Club, Bridgwater
1953 The Cornhill Stalls-where do we go from here? Crowpill Club, Bridgwater
1954 Roman Ruins in our Car Park The Parrett Bores, Bridgwater
1955 Sheiks of Araby Bull & Butcher Club, Bridgwater
1956 The Bull Head Hunters Bull & Butcher Club, Bridgwater
1957 Launching the Satellite Kings Arms Club, Bridgwater
1958 Harlem Globe Trotters Shell Mex & BP C.C., Bridgwater
1959 Quantock Trail Shellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1960 Not Awarded  
1961 Parrett Mutiny – Blythe in Charge Shellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1962 Tramps Annual Dinner E. Pitman & Co., Bridgwater
1963 A Street in our Town (Road Works) Bunch of Grapes C.C., Bridgwater
1964 Beverly Hillbillies come to Town Shellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1965 Three Wheels on My Wagon Shellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1966 The Greatest Courtship of the Year Chi-Chi An-An Shellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1967 The Fore Street Pram Jam Golden Lion Old Boys, Bridgwater
1968 Doorknockers Dilemma Shellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1969 Gulliver in the Year 2001 Griffens C.C., Bridgwater
1970 Bridgwater Cows Shellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1971 Barney Bullfrogs Big Band Griffens C.C., Bridgwater
1972 The Runaway Train Griffens C.C., Bridgwater
1973 Gnomeward Bound Griffens C.C., Bridgwater
1974 Monk-ee Nuts Cinderfellers POPS C.C., Bridgwater
1975 Around the World in 80 Years POPS C.C., Bridgwater
1976 Not awarded  
1977 Keep Britian Tidy * Mrs D. Soper, Devon
1978 Goldie Locks and the Three Bears M.A. Thorne, Bridgwater
1979 Clowning Around L.& G. Dalley, C.& D. Pope & A. Gannicott, Bridgwater
1980 Merlin and his Magicians B. Dalley & Co., Bridgwater
1981 BUnny Fun Time Bob Dalley, Bridgwater
1982 The Horrible Robert Chidgey, Bridgwater
1983 The Ramblers Roses **  
1984 RAOB Reflexibles Robin A. Peach & Co., Bridgwater
1985 Big Martha’s Mississippi Morris Maids Merv’s C.C., Bridgwater
1986 Barbadian Bouncing Batting Babies Merv’s C.C., Bridgwater
1987 Merv’s Magical Minstrels Merv’s C.C., Bridgwater
1988= Tee’d Off Mohicans C.C., Bridgwater
1988= Rhino’s Merv’s C.C., Bridgwater
1989 Betty Woods Dancing Team Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1990 The Voodoo Warriors Odd Jobs C.C., Bridgwater
1991 Synchronised Swimming Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1992 Classical European Tour Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1993 Wilf’s go West Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1994 Le tunnel de Change Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1995 Mac Wilf’s Hunt for Nessie Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1996 A Funny thing happened Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1997 Angels Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1998 Basil Flatley and Dancers Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1999 Ten Years seems a Millenium Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
2000 Match of the Day Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
2001 M&M Plus One Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
2002 Not Awarded  
2003 Not Awarded  
2004 Not Awarded  
2005 Mamma’s & Pappa’s Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
2006 Not Awarded  
2007 After All These Years Wilf’s Come Out Of The Closet Wilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
2008 The Betty Woods Former Pupils Formation Dance team Too Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2009 Warbling This Melody In H Two Oh Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2010 This Is Not A Wind-Up, It’s The Wilfs Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2011 WILF Airways would you Fly in this Fokker! Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2012 WILFS Putting The Fun Back Into The Dead Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2013 After a Quarter of a Century it is Becoming a bit of a Habit Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2014 Puttin’ Life Into The Busiest Night Of The Year, Only 45 Sleeps To Go Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2015 Way Out West Bridgwater Belles
2016 The Ride of your Life Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2017 Pirates Life Make You Laugh CC, Bridgwater
2018 The Wilfs Present Ballet Awful At “Thirty”… Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2019 The Wilfs Jungle Rock featuring Elvis Zebra and the Lemurs supported by Gerry Giraffe and the Gazelles  Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater


*1977 – Although this cup is to be awarded to people living in Bridgwater, it appears that in 1977 the cup was engraved to a Mrs D. Soper of Ashburton in South Devon.

There were no Bridgwater entrants for this class in the Carnival Programme, and the Bridgwater Mercury records Mrs Soper as winning the Gerald Wills Cup.

The Carnival Committee minutes recorded:- “A query had arisen over this years award of the Gerald Wills Cup. Only one entrant, Mrs Soper from Ashburton, Devon, had entered in the Comic Feature on foot class, and the cup and 1st prize had been awarded to her. The secretary had subsequently ascertained that she was in fact a Single Masquerader and should have entered in Class 9. The secretary had written to Mrs Soper but she felt the award should still stand, although she was willing to forfeit the cup as it should be awarded to an entry from the Bridgwater Borough only. After consideration the committee agreed to give Mrs Soper the £15 prize money and the cup would not be awarded this year”. The cup may not have been awarded but it had been engraved as the winner being ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ entered by Mrs Soper.

**1983 – In 1983 the entry engraved on the cup as the winners were ‘The Ramblers Roses’, the Bridgwater Mercury reports the winner being Helen Pond (Bridgwater) with ‘Comedy Tonight’. Neither entrant is recorded in the Carnival Programme.