Members of Ramblers Carnival Club were celebrating last night after being crowned as overall winners of the 2023 Bridgwater Carnival Concerts.
As the curtain closed for the final time on the two week long popular show, it was announced the club had won the prestigious White Hart Cup, awarded to the gang or feature gaining the highest number of points, with their spectacular stage show Welcome to the Rock.
Ramblers CC have a very successful record at the concerts in recent times, and this is the 3rd time in the last six years they have taken the top spot, (excluding the Covid years).
James Venning, Stage Captain, of Ramblers CC, was delighted with the club’s success, and said: “When you consider the extremely high standard of all clubs, dance troupes, and front of curtain acts at this year’s concerts, this is without doubt one of the club’s proudest ever achievements.
“We are of course over the moon with coming first, and I would like to take this opportunity to also congratulate all of the other clubs and acts on their amazing performances over the past two weeks”.
Gremlins CC were overall runners up with Wonderland (Le Travelling Show), and joint third were British Flag CC with Grimm Ever After, and Renegades CC with Carnaval Del Barrio. Wills CC were the highest placed tableau club and won the Sam Hooper Cup after coming joint 9th overall with Coppelius’s Toy Theatre.
Ramblers CC also won the Millennium Cup for best stage setting and the Les Manley Cup for most improved club. Marketeers CC were awarded the Suffragettes Cup for best costume, and the Arthur Rainey Cup for best comic act.
Sally Williams Dancers won the Starkey Cup for their show Amazonia – Our Wonderful World, while The Vixens were awarded the George Bown Cup for the best song, dance, musical or novelty act and the Athletic Sports Cup for best vocal (2 or more).
Simon Newton won the Judges Cup for best single vocalist, and Daisy Mae Lee took the Bert Snook Rose Bowl for the best 17 and under front of curtain act and the Reg Dyer Cup for best personality.
Mike Crocker, Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival President, added: “Special thanks go to every single person who has been involved and who has supported the 2023 Bridgwater Carnival Concerts.”
This show has been truly amazing, and my congratulations go to the winners for their well-deserved success.
“If the concerts are anything to go by, we are in for a real treat on carnival night and when the carnival comes to town on Saturday 4 November”.
2023 commemorated exactly 140 years since the first ever carnival concert was held in the town. Over 600 carnivalites performed in this year’s two week long show, which was kindly sponsored by Howards Motor Group, Anderson and Wall, and Somerset Car Sales.