The Queen’s Jubilee Carnival carriage was damaged returning from Platinum Jubilee celebrations, meaning her planned parade around Somerset this weekend had to be cancelled.
The trolley – called Jubilation – was due to be displayed in its home town of Bridgwater on Sunday June 12 between 11.30am and 2pm where people could see it in all its glory. However, this show is now cancelled.
Heavy rain damaged the cart on its return from London, with Somerset Carnivals issuing a statement saying: “We are very sorry but we are going to have to cancel our plans to bring the Platinum Jubilee Paegent Cart to Bridgwater town center on Sunday, June 12 .
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“Unfortunately on the way back from London there was very heavy rain on the motorway which caused damage to the trolley and we will need time to repair.
“We know you will be very disappointed and we are sorry for that. You will of course be able to see Jubilation on the Carnival Circuit in November. Thank you for your understanding.”
The carriage has been designed to reflect various royal elements of the Monarchy, including the Royal Crest, Crowns, Royal Carriages and Yeoman of the Guard, with additional Commonwealth links.
It contains over 40 engineering moving parts and 18 spectacularly designed models. It will also feature 32 costumed performers dancing on the cart and another 110 dancing in the street outside the entrance.
A total of 15 Somerset Carnival Clubs have come together to create the Bridgwater Carnival Carriage. The flag bearers carried the flags of the four nations and the flags of the Commonwealth are depicted on the side of the vehicle. The 1980s hit Celebration by The Overtones also played as the float made its way through the parade.
Daniel Cullen of the Marketeers Carnival Club said the cart took about nine months to create and was completed on Wednesday. Mr Cullen, 45, told the PA news agency: “Nine months ago we converted a lorry unit, which we stripped, weighted and converted to suit our needs.
“About 200 people were involved in all of this. On the construction side, it was probably around 50 or 60 people and then we have all the costumers, dancers and choreographers.
“There are different people from different carnival clubs who all worked together on this project. We are rivals, but we are friends.
“There are people who you would have just said hello to and that’s it, but now you have to get to know them really well, we have a drink with them and we have become friends.”