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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:
1948New Nation Health Service SchemeCrowpill Sports Club, Bridgwater
1949Circus comes to TownCrowpill Sports Club, Bridgwater
1950New Sports StadiumCrowpill Sports Club, Bridgwater
1951Band ContestCrowpill Sports Club, Bridgwater
1952The Wedding of the Hop-Legged FamilyCrowpill Sports Club, Bridgwater
1953The Cornhill Stalls-where do we go from here?Crowpill Club, Bridgwater
1954Roman Ruins in our Car ParkThe Parrett Bores, Bridgwater
1955Sheiks of ArabyBull & Butcher Club, Bridgwater
1956The Bull Head HuntersBull & Butcher Club, Bridgwater
1957Launching the SatelliteKings Arms Club, Bridgwater
1958Harlem Globe TrottersShell Mex & BP C.C., Bridgwater
1959Quantock TrailShellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1960Not Awarded 
1961Parrett Mutiny – Blythe in ChargeShellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1962Tramps Annual DinnerE. Pitman & Co., Bridgwater
1963A Street in our Town (Road Works)Bunch of Grapes C.C., Bridgwater
1964Beverly Hillbillies come to TownShellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1965Three Wheels on My WagonShellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1966The Greatest Courtship of the Year Chi-Chi An-AnShellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1967The Fore Street Pram JamGolden Lion Old Boys, Bridgwater
1968Doorknockers DilemmaShellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1969Gulliver in the Year 2001Griffens C.C., Bridgwater
1970Bridgwater CowsShellsparks Club, Bridgwater
1971Barney Bullfrogs Big BandGriffens C.C., Bridgwater
1972The Runaway TrainGriffens C.C., Bridgwater
1973Gnomeward BoundGriffens C.C., Bridgwater
1974Monk-ee Nuts CinderfellersPOPS C.C., Bridgwater
1975Around the World in 80 YearsPOPS C.C., Bridgwater
1976Not awarded 
1977Keep Britian Tidy *Mrs D. Soper, Devon
1978Goldie Locks and the Three BearsM.A. Thorne, Bridgwater
1979Clowning AroundL.& G. Dalley, C.& D. Pope & A. Gannicott, Bridgwater
1980Merlin and his MagiciansB. Dalley & Co., Bridgwater
1981BUnny Fun TimeBob Dalley, Bridgwater
1982The HorribleRobert Chidgey, Bridgwater
1983The Ramblers Roses ** 
1984RAOB ReflexiblesRobin A. Peach & Co., Bridgwater
1985Big Martha’s Mississippi Morris MaidsMerv’s C.C., Bridgwater
1986Barbadian Bouncing Batting BabiesMerv’s C.C., Bridgwater
1987Merv’s Magical MinstrelsMerv’s C.C., Bridgwater
1988=Tee’d OffMohicans C.C., Bridgwater
1988=Rhino’sMerv’s C.C., Bridgwater
1989Betty Woods Dancing TeamWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1990The Voodoo WarriorsOdd Jobs C.C., Bridgwater
1991Synchronised SwimmingWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1992Classical European TourWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1993Wilf’s go WestWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1994Le tunnel de ChangeWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1995Mac Wilf’s Hunt for NessieWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1996A Funny thing happenedWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1997AngelsWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1998Basil Flatley and DancersWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
1999Ten Years seems a MilleniumWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
2000Match of the DayWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
2001M&M Plus OneWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
2002Not Awarded 
2003Not Awarded 
2004Not Awarded 
2005Mamma’s & Pappa’sWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
2006Not Awarded 
2007After All These Years Wilf’s Come Out Of The ClosetWilf’s C.C., Bridgwater
2008The Betty Woods Former Pupils Formation Dance team TooWilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2009Warbling This Melody In H Two OhWilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2010This Is Not A Wind-Up, It’s The WilfsWilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2011WILF Airways would you Fly in this Fokker!Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2012WILFS Putting The Fun Back Into The DeadWilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2013After a Quarter of a Century it is Becoming a bit of a HabitWilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2014Puttin’ Life Into The Busiest Night Of The Year, Only 45 Sleeps To GoWilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2015Way Out WestBridgwater Belles
2016The Ride of your LifeWilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2017Pirates LifeMake You Laugh CC, Bridgwater
2018The Wilfs Present Ballet Awful At “Thirty”…Wilfs C.C., Bridgwater
2019The 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.