A group of rival Somerset carnival clubs have come together to create a carriage for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
A total of 15 Somerset Carnival Clubs have come together to create the Bridgwater Carnival Carriage. The charrette celebrates the pomp and splendor of the Monarchy and features the Crown, Beefeaters and Royal Coat of Arms and is part of the ‘Jubilation’ section of the competition.
The flag bearers carried the flags of the four nations, and the flags of the Commonwealth are depicted on the carriage. The 1980s hit Celebration by The Overtones also played as the float made its way through the parade.
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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.”
Simon Male, 35, of Harlequins Carnival Club, said the project had helped the various clubs to bond. “It’s been really good to be asked to get involved in this,” he said.
“We compete all over the circuit, but it’s really good to work with as many people as you normally do. It was great to work with other clubs.
“We’re learning different skills about how people do things, it’s a whole new experience and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
He added: “I always see carnival as two different sides. You have people riding the cart and road crews that are on the circuit. The road team has the relationship that if someone has a problem, we help them. It’s like that.
“But with that, for example Jamie, who is one of the drivers, we couldn’t have known him as well as we did. I know him from the circuit, but on that we had a good laugh and we got on well.
“Working on it was tiring but you do what you can and I get a lump in my throat when I see it now. It’s a once in a lifetime thing, don’t is this not ?
“I can tell my kids, they can tell their kids. It will be a long, long time before this happens again. »