A Bridgwater Carnival stalwart has won prestigious recognition at the 2019 Pride of Sedgemoor Awards.
Former Bridgwater Carnival president, Malcolm Cattle, was presented with the carnival hero trophy for his involvement and contribution over the past 50+ years to the town’s internationally renowned illuminated carnival.
After receiving his award from Richard Young of category sponsor, Keepmoat Homes, Malcolm said: “I was gob smacked when I first heard I had won the award, and getting recognised for something you truly love doing is a bit strange. However, I am absolutely delighted and feel truly honoured in being nominated and winning the award.
“Carnival is a team game, and I would like to dedicate this award to all of the carnivalites I have met and worked with over the years. This award is for them as much as it is for me, and I really value their long lasting friendships and memories. “
Malcolm, who is married to Terry and has two children and two grandchildren, first became involved in carnival 56 years ago. He joined his first carnival club (Gremlins Carnival Club) when he was just 15 years old, and became the club’s gangs and features representative in 1966. Throughout his illustrious carnival career, Malcolm has held a number of positions and roles including president, chairman, procession officer and life member of Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Committee, and chairman, president and life member of the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals Association. He is also a vice president of Wills Carnival Club.
The Pride of Sedgemoor Awards are hosted by the Bridgwater Mercury and give recognition to well-deserving people and groups across Sedgemoor who have achieved amazing things and who have helped make the community a better place.