BRIDGWATER Carnival has been recognised by the organisers of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant which will form part of the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s accession to the throne.
An official invitation was sent to Bridgwater Carnival to join the festivities and preparations are already underway to create a special entry for the Pageant’s Carnival parade to be staged in London on 5 June 2022.
“This is an honour beyond our wildest dreams,” said Mike Crocker, President of Bridgwater Carnival, “and serves to demonstrate the high esteem in which our event is held. It is also a testimony to the tremendous skills and remarkable ingenuity of hundreds of dedicated people who produce the spectacular entries we witness in our parade, year in, year out.
“Undoubtedly it will prove an enormous undertaking to build an entry from ‘scratch’ and we have invited members from every carnival club in the town to play a role in constructing an entry which will reflect the style and expertise which are the hallmarks of our parades. It will be a massive team effort and the reward will be seeing a Bridgwater Carnival cart parading before a Royal audience and being witnessed by millions around the world.”
Due to Covid-19 Bridgwater Carnival has been cancelled for the second year in succession as clubs have been unable to raise the funds needed to construct their entries. But this second fallow year means that carnival club members are itching to get back to constructing carnival carts and this opportunity to create a new entry will provide the impetus needed to return to some sort of carnival normality!