Ramblers Carnival Club took the top award as the curtains closed tonight on the 2016 Bridgwater Carnival Concerts.
With their performance Road to Nowhere, the Bridgwater club won the prestigious White Hart Cup, which is awarded to the gang and feature gaining the highest number of points throughout the concert fortnight. This is the first time in seven years that the club, who are based at The Bunch Of Grapes pub, St John Street, have won the top prize at the annual concerts. The winning club also took the Millennium Cup for best stage setting and the Les Manley Cup for most improved club.
Andy Meek, stage coordinator for Ramblers CC, was delighted with the club’s success. He said: “We are absolutely delighted with the result, and I would like to thank every single person who has been involved with this year’s stage performance. We have had an amazing time and I am very proud to be part of such a great club. We now can’t wait for the town’s carnival procession on Saturday 5 November.”
Gremlins CC were overall runners up with Dia De Los Muertos and Renegades CC came third with In The Hood. Wills CC were the highest placed tableau club and won the Sam Hooper Cup after coming 9th overall with Frontier.
In other results announced tonight, Gremlins CC won the Suffragettes Cup for best costume, Griffens CC won the Arthur Rainey cup for best comic act, and solo singer Kirby Warren took the Judges Cup for best single vocalist. The Sally Williams Dancers won the Starkey Cup for their show Geronimo, while Liam Frampton from Gremlins CC, won the Reg Dyer Cup for the personality Award.
There were also awards for Viva La Diva Showgirls who won the George Bown Cup for best song, dance, musical / novelty act, and for Fox King Dance Academy who took the Bert Snook Rose Bowl for best under 17 front of curtain act. The Athletic Sports Cup for the best vocal act (two or more) was shared between Cameron & Mia and Absolute Pitch.
Tonight’s performance brought the curtain down on a successful 2016 carnival concert fortnight which has been watched by over 4,000 people.
Malcolm Cattle, president of Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, said: “Firstly I would like to congratulate all of the clubs, dance troupes and front of curtain acts who have taken part in the 2016 Bridgwater Carnival Concerts. Each one has been a true credit to carnival and to the town of Bridgwater.
“Secondly there are many people I need to thank for making these concerts possible. I am not going to mention or list specific names for fear of missing somebody out, so instead I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has played a part, no matter how small, with the production and staging of this year’s concerts. I would also like to pay tribute to our concert sponsors, the Arts Council of England, Somerset Car Sales, Trinity Mirror Regionals and Anderson and Wall for their generous continued support. We really do appreciate what they do for us, and we couldn’t do it without them.
I’m already looking forward to the 2017 Bridgwater Carnival Concerts.”