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Taunton Courier, Bristol and Exeter Journal and Western Advertiser Wednesday 05 Sep 1934
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TAUNTON CARNIVAL REVELS.
MANY THOUSANDS TAKE PART.
RECORD PROCESSIONS FOR CHARITIES
"QUEEN" CROWNED BY THE MAYOR.
Taunton Hospitals' Carnival and Fete, which were revived last year, took place again on Saturday with a record measure of success, and drew one of the largest crowds of people seen in the main streets and in Vivary Park for very many years. Townspeople and visitors alike abandoned themselves to the spirit of revelry, and there was a continuous round of attractions from two o'clock until midnight.
A pageant of youth was formed by hundreds of juvenile competitors in the afternoon, and a heavy storm of rain during the perambulation of the town did not quell their high spirits. A leaden sky threatened a further downpour, but, fortunately, the sun pierced the clouds and the complete triumph of all the remaining festivities was assured by fine weather.
Heading the children's procession, twelve-years-old Evadne WEBBER, who had been chosen “Princess,” with her retinue of six little attendants, made a charming picture. The ceremony of “crowning” the “Carnival Queen,” Miss Florence PRIDDLE, a 19-years-old brunette, was performed in Vivary Park Bandstand by the Mayor (Councillor Wm. BRAKE), who received the golden crown from her predecessor, Miss Madge COLES, of Wiveliscombe. The Queen was attended by six maids of honour and two pages, in Court dress, acting as train-bearers.
The evening procession was the longest and most imposing seen in any Taunton Carnival, competition being so keen that extra prizes were awarded. A huge pleasure fair in Vivary Park included all the latest novelties, and enabled merry-making to be continued with zest until a late hour.
The Mayor of Taunton (Councillor William BRAKE) was president of the carnival and the Vice-Presidents were Major A. G. BARRETT, Sir Dennis BOLES, Sir William MEADE-KING, Major J. B. TAYLOR, Councilors F. C. SPEAR and Howard WESTLAKE, Mr. Geoffrey U. FARRANT, and Mr. G. L. SIDEY.
Enthusiastic officials had taken immense trouble for many weeks to ensure that every detail of the organisation of this gigantic carnival and fete was, as far as humanly possible, perfect, and the excellent results attained proved how thoroughly they had worked.
The officials and Committee were:- Chairman, Councillor H. S. KEYNTON; Vice-Chairman, Councillor W. F. CLODE; General Hon. Secretary, Mr. S. LAWRENCE; Hon. Treasurer, Mr. T. BATHURST; Hon. Auditor, Mr. S. W. BULL; Chief Marshal, Captain F. GOLDBY; officers for Sub-Comittees – Finance Chairman, Mr. A. H. SOUTHWOOD; Penny Trail, Councillor F. C. SPEAR; Organ Hon. Organiser, Mr. W. BROWN; Publicity Chairman, Mr. C. J. LEE; Box Chairman, Mr. W. G. CHAFFE; Box Secretary, Mr. W. E. STUCKEY; Fun Fair Chairman, Mr. F. J. SERLE; Skittling Chairman, Mr. W. LARWAY; Catering, Mr. R. L. GALE; General Committee, Messrs. P. ARLIDGE, J. BADCOCK, A. J. BAKER, F. BENHAM, N. F. BLACKMORE, R. T. BLAKE, W. BROWN, Jack BURROWS, W. G. CHAFFE, H. J. CHALK, C. CHURCHILL, F. CHURCHILL, W. CORDING, H. DAY, F. W. ELLIOTT, C. FUDGE, R. GADD, R. L. GALE, E. GOVIER, J. GREEN, E. E. HAWKER, W. J. HOWE, W. KEIGHTLEY, P. KNIGHT, W. LARWAY, C. J. LEE, H. J. NEADES, H. T. OATEN, F. J. SERLE, F. J. J. STACEY, E. W. STONE, W. E. STUCKEY, H. SUMMERHAYES, T. TOTTERDELL, J. D. WENT, C. H. WHITE, Reg. Sergt.-Major WILKINS, A. J. S. WILLIAMS, J. WINSTONE, J. W. WOOL, W. BAKER, F. GLADMAN, and A. OUSLEY.
A CHARMING PRINCESS.
In keeping with the rest of the day's activities the children's procession, which took place in the afternoon, constituted a record. Never before in the history of Taunton carnival have the entries been so numerous, varied, or of such excellent quality. It was indeed unfortunate that during the judging, which took place at the Victoria Recreation Ground, rain commenced to fall heavily. The storm soon ended, however, and the judging was completed as quickly as the keenness of the competition would permit.
During the procession rain commenced to fall again and did considerable damage to such costumes as were made of paper. Despite the discomfort and inconvenience, the children maintained a spirit of cheerfulness, which the weather could not damp.
Judging commenced at two o'clock, and the stewards' arrangements worked with such admirable precision that, in spite of the difficulty which the adjudicators experienced in placing the entries, the procession was ready to move off several minutes before the appointed time. The judges were:- Miss RUSSELL, Mesdames E. A. FOWLER, C. G. TURNER, J. E. WOOL, P. A. CLEMENTS, Alderman J. C. LANE, Councillors H. WESTLAKE, F. C. SPEAR, G. W. LAKE, Messrs. P. A. CLEMENTS, C. G. TURNER, G. L. SIDEY, E. H. M. LUCKOCK, G. REX, and Dr. A. E. JOSCELYN. With Mr. C. J. LEE as chief steward, the following acted as stewards in a most capable manner:- Councillors W. CLODE, S. H. PAYNE, Messrs. E. E. HAWKER, H. T. OATEN, J. W. WOOL, Chas. BETTY, W. J. HOWE, C. FUDGE, C. KNIGHT, and E. STONE.
The procession, led by the Curry Rivel Band, proceeded from the Recreation ground, through East Reach and East-street, around the Parade and along High-street, to be dismissed at Vivary Lands. Following the band rode Councillor H. S. KEYNTON (carnival chairman) and Mr. S. LAWRENCE (general hon. Secretary). Behind them came a beautiful floral car in which sat the Princess. Miss Evadne WEBBER, and her attendants, in charge of Mrs. R. GALE and Mrs. F. J. SERLE. Mr. F. J. SERLE (fun fair chairman) was also in the car, which was driven by Mr. G. GRABHAM.
The Princess, a pretty fair-haired little girl, was attended by Nancy NEEDS, Hazel WADHAM, Joyce WAY, Ada PEARCE, Barbara JOHNS, and Pamela Joy CARPENTER. She wore a charming gown of poult taffeta silk, gathered at the waist-line with aruched skirt and ruching point. At the back of the body was a gold posy matching one at the front of the skirt. She wore a star-fronted head-dress of gold sequins and had golden shoes. The gown was the gift of Mr. Harold HEWITT, manager of the local branch of the “Evening Post,” and was made by Messrs. W. & A. CHAPMAN, Ltd. The little attendants wore dresses of white silk with gold filets and posies. They also carried golden wands.
Seated on a gilt tapestried antique chair, loaned by Captain F. HALLIDAY, the Princess was a charming figure mounted on the beautiful floral car. The decorations were executed by Messrs. J. T. & C. H. SMITH, of 47, Bridge-street, and took the form of a large floral crown, composed of golden rod, blue asters, double orange marigolds, and statis. Around the base were laurels, marigolds, asters, and larkspur. Under the “crown” stood the silver throne, green plush carpet on the steps leading up to it. It was undoubtedly a magnificent car, entirely suited to the occasion.
TABLEAUX AND GANGS.
Following the Princess's carriage were tableaux, gangs, decorated vehicles, and a host of individual masqueraders, including many humorous and novel figures.
Among the gangs, one which attracted a great deal of attention was "Ten Little Nigger Boys." It was entered by Mr. J. MANUEL, of High-street, and comprised George MANUEL, Arthur and Peter PAVEY, Jim BURFORD, Ronald HAINES, Herbert BUTLER, Dennis and Douglas HIGGINS, Raymond MANUEL and Gerald DENSLOW.
“Bridal Party” was the title of a charming entry in which Frances GREENSLADE, Edna THRESHER, Violet LOWE, Tony CONSTABLE, Geoffrey GREENSLADE, and Hazel CORNISH took part.
Phyllis DENSCOMBE, Peggy HART, Phyllis SEAMAN, Joan YARDE, Evelyn HARTNELL and Judith VICKERY, of Trull School, were a very pretty group of “Pierrettes”
In the tableaux class, Mrs. FOLLETT's tastefully decorated “Floral D----? Cart” gained first place, while an old world garden scene, entitled “Mary Mary Quite Contrary,” was a close “runner-up.” Those taking part were Betty SHUTE, Pat PYKE, Clifford KNIGHT, Betty DOBBINSON, Gwennie KNIGHT, and Joyce DOBBINSON.
Among the decorated vehicles, pretty cycles were entered by Dorothea NEWBERRY, Irene HUSSEY, Keith CHAPPELL and Isabel PINCOT. The first prize went to John Stuart HILL, Augustine-street, for a beautiful turn-out, entitled “Rose Car.” Another striking entry was a “Bridal Carriage” in which Victor HILL and Thelma ADDICOTT, of Tancred-stret, aged three and a half, and five years respectively, were the “bridegroom” and “bride.” The carriage, which was trimmed with white roses, was driven by Mr. J. WATTS, with Mr. F. SLOPER as footman. This entry also took part in the evening procession.
Next in the procession came the individual entries, and they were as follows:-
Individual Item (girl) – Gipsy, Joan HARDWILL; Black Cat, Janet Mary BOND, Staplegrove; Topsy, Kathleen BOND, Staplegrove; Waitress, Dorothy BUTLAND, Staplegrove; Gypsy Woman, Doris ELLIOTT, Kingston; Little Miss Muffett, Esther Mary MANN, Kingston; Page Girl, Gwendoline Annie BALMAN; Cinderella, Pearl BANCROFT; Fairy, Olive CLARKE, Norton Fitzwarren; Fairy, Elizabeth Mary REXWORTHY, Norton Fitzwaren; Pastry Cook, Patsy SHORT, Norton Fitzwarren; Players, Betty CORRICK; Gypsy Peg Seller, Dorothy BRADY; Sailor and His Lass, Betty SHUTE and Dorothy NORMAN; Queen of Hearts, Vera ADAMS, Higher Portman; Rose Girl, Yvonne BILLETT; Red Indian Squaw, Rosina DART, Bristol; Red Riding Hood, Brenda BAILEY; Welsh Girl, Averil DAVIES; Irish Colleen, Eileen DAVIES; Silver Butterfly, Hazel MEARS; Dutch Girl, H. K. ROSEWARNE; Fairy, Winifred WILDIN; Dutch Boy, G. BILLETT; Darby and Joan, Ruth and Barbara DUNN; Fairy, Betty LOWE; Irish Gig, Kathleen SAMPSON; Balloon Girl, Joyce PLOWMAN; Irish Colleen, Joan WELFARE; Flower Girl, Sheila CORNISH; Guardian Angel, Audrey RAYSON; Umbrella, Doris STOWELL; Orange Girl, Betty J. GOODMAN; Miss Canada, Grace GAUNTLETT; Traffic Control, Peggy EVELEIGH; Toy Drum Major, Iris MOORE; Miss OXO, Hazel POWER; A Daisy, Vera SELWAY; Rosebud, Barbara BURT; Poppy Girl, Gwendoline BURGESS; Daffodil Girl, Beryl BURGESS; Wedding Cake, Pat SMALL; Red Cross Nurse, Joyce PORT; Cupid, Valerie SHEKLE; Flower Girl, Kathleen POWLESLAND; Night and Day, W. BREAN, Pitminster; Nurse, Joan EDWARDS; Cupid and Victim, Joyce and Clarice LATCHEM; Herald, Betty HYDE; American Sailor, Sylvia SLATTERY, Cornwall; Toy Soldier, Norah SLATTERY; Flower Seller, Vera SUMMERHAYS; Scotch Lassie, Dorothy SCORSE, Bishop's Hull; Gypsy Girl, Molly HUXLEY, Kingston; Danger Signals, Margaret BRAY; The Rosary, A. F. GAMBLIN; “Play to Me, Gypsy,” C. DAVIES; Tea Cosy, Hazel LINES; District Nurse, Betty NICHOLSON; Miss Marigold, Elsie May SHATTOCK; Gypsy Boy, Dorothy HART; Little Miss Tinfoil, Mavis CORRICK; Cabaret Girl, Kathy LOCK; French Doll, Linda PYNE; Rosebud, Eileen PRIDDLE; Just Lake Grandma, Nancy BURTON; A Gypsy Maid, Margery BARTON; Soldier, Norah SLATTERY; Chinese Willow Pattern, Molly EDNEY; Japanese, Lily MUCKLER; Italian Girl, Junie ESCOTT; Buttercup Fairy, Nellie JAMES; Star Fairy, Doris CAPP, Bridgwater; Circus Dancer, Joy DAWE; The Vanity Box, Barbara EDNEY; Cracker, Barbara PINNEY; Night, F. CLARREDGE; Jester, F. H. CLARREDGE; Lady Aster, Rita VENN; Nestle's Chocolate, Audrey BUTT; The Garden Wall, Joyce HOOPER; Orange and Lemon, Doris HALLETT; Open, Josephine PINCOTT; Fairy, Joy WIDGER; Fairy, Molly Levina DAVIDGE; White Heather, Nancy FROWEN; Flower Girl, Peggy HELLMAN; Ukelele Girl, Barbara GRANVILLE; Miss Innocence, Gwen GRANVILLE; Dick WHITTINGTON, Betty LOCK; Anna May WONG, Auriel DAVIES; Traffic Signal Girl, Janet CARPENTER; Indian, Thelma ADAMS; Daffodil, Mary MERRELL; Miss ENGLAND, Betty WHITMARSH; Harvest Maid, Rosalind SMALL; Buy British Goods, Linda WILMINGTON; -, Margarate HANKS; Sweet Lavender, Phyllis SAUNDERS; Empire Colours, Edna WILDIN; Miss Lavender, Dorothy HARNELL.
“TAKING BACK THE ASHES.”
Individual Item (boys) – Chimney Sweep, Arthur BUTLAND, Staplegrove; Farmer's Boy, Peter WHITECROSS, Staplegrove; Chimney Sweep, Leslie STONE, Bishop's Lydeard; Christmas Cracker, Richard NEWLAND, Bishop's Hull; Old Uncle Tom COBLEIGH, Desmond KELLY, Kingston; Pierrot on Cycle, Douglas THACKERAY; “Little man, you've had a busy day,” John POWER; Jack HORNER, Joan BILLETT; Sailor Boy, Phyllis BILLETT; Red Indian Chief, Reggie BART, Bristol; Cowboy, Leonard CATCHLOVE, Bristol; Snowman, Alfred SMALL; The Pillar Box, Arthur MEARS; Mickey and Minnie MOUSE, Brian and Pamela HANCOCK; Cupid, David Richard BULPIN, Staplegrove; Toy Drummer Boy, Clifford SKEKLE; French Chef, Ivor BAWLER; Toy Soldier, W. WHITE; Golliwog, Dennis STOWELL; Pirate, Herbert WILLIAMS; Indians, Roy WILLIAMS, Mark Walter HANKS and W. BICKNELL; On leave, Douglas GAINEY; Parcel Post, Mervyn LATCHEM; Welsh Miner, Cyril FRAWEN; Little Boy Blue, John FROWEN; Woodfull taking back the Ashes, C. LATCHEM; Willie Winkle, Dennis EDWARDS; Explorer, Douglas SHAPLEY; Christopher STONE of the B.B.C., Leslie LEGG; Prince Charming, David AMOR; Gandhi, L. POWELL; Toy Soldier, Norman CLARKE; Jester, Leonard BUCKLEY; Daisy Geoffrey PARSONS; Dwarf, Raymond BUCKLEY; Pir_ie?, Herbert WILLIAMS; Dick WHITTINGTON and Cat, Arthur BISHOP; Cowboy, Gordon HOOPER; Cause of many a tear, Rodney CHAPPELL; Pierrot, Raymond TREVELYAN; Pirate, Leslie? COMER; Duke of Monmouth, Reginald COMER; Drummer Boy, Kenneth COMER; Taunton Monster, George LASHBROOK; Cowboy from Arizons, Ewart AMOR; Indian, Clement MERRELL.
Comic Item. - Dicky Dunce the Duffer, J. H. CAPPELL, Bishop's Lydeard; Uncle Tom Cobleigh, Frank NICHOLSON; Scarecrow, Cyril SMALL; Modern Pierrot, Norman Herbert CULLEN; Down and Out, Dennis POOLE; Old Bill, Victor CATCHLOVE, Bristol; Old Mother Hubbard, Dennis MEARS; Ragged Urchins, Kenneth and Tony HARRIS; Rag and Bone Merchant, Reginald Edmond ELSON, Oake; Apache, Cecil DENMEAD; Punch and Judy Show, Harold? and Fred SEALY?; St------? Musicians, Esther MITCHELL and Peggy PLOWMAN; Chip Off the Old Block, Frances WILLIAMS; The Mad Hatter, Dennis VIALLS; Comic Girls, Rachel and Joan VILE; On the Means Test, Mick BOOBIER and Des. COLLINS; Jester, Arthur NEWTON; Don't hike it, bike it, Garfield COLLINS; Champion Bill, Wm. SUMMERHAYES; Referee, John SUMMERHAYES; Comic Wedding, S. J. DEEM; Safe Burglars, Mark PIKE; Bed and Breakfast, W. MARVEY; Grandma BUGGINS, W. GAMBLIN; Sleepless Nights, Raymond CORRICK; Old Cobbler, Brian SAMPSON; Chip of the Old Block, Roy WILLIAMS; Farmer's Boy, Francis WILLIAMS; Gordon's Gibber, Kenneth VENN; Pirate, H. LAWRENCE; Kentucky Minstrel, J. SHUTE; Why did I kiss that girl? Douglas CHAPPELL; Bed and Breakfast, W. MARSHALSEA; Pop, Ronald W. CHAPELL; Cowboy and Indian Girl, Ronald and Pamela PRICE.
Mounted Feature. - Huntsman, D. FOLLETT; Indian, John CAUTER, Hatch Beauchamp; Cowboy, Ivor DAWE; Mounted Indian, Sylvia EDNEY, Indian Chief, Frank CHURCHILL.
Advertising Features. - Mary Mary, Lily GREEDY, Staplegrove; Daily Mail, Margaret SHEKLE; Co-op. Baker, Leonard STONE, Bishop's Lydeard; O.K. Sauce, Vera STONE, Bishop's Lydeard; Reckett's Bath Cubes, Billy FURZER, Kingston; C.W.S. Biscuits, H. T. OATEN; Marmalade Girl, Betty SELLICK, Bridgwater; Somerset County Gazette, Lilian BECKHAM; Evening World, Fred SMALL; C.W.S. Paints, Doreen BODGER; Co-op. Wrapped Bread, Mavis and Winnie GREENSLADE; Norton Flour, Betty RIXON, Norton Fitzwaren; Wild Woodbines, Margaret Doreen REED, Norton Fitzwarren; Golden Shred, Ronald HARDWELL, Norton Fitzwarren; Sunny Jim, Geoffrey HILBOURNE, Kingston; Lux Soap, Patrick KELLY, Kingston; Norton Flour, Margery SHORT, Norton Fitzwarren; Sailor Salmon, Robert GRAY; The Persil Girl, Vera GRAY; Wrigley's Chewing Gum, Maurice Cecil SINGLETON; Oxo, S. H. CONNER; Woodbine Willie, Daisy CHANDLER; Nippy, Mary PENNY; Fish Supply, W. HARNELL; Post-box, Mavis HARNELL; Chocolate Fancies, Pamela MILLARD; Trading on Farley's, June COLLINS; C.W.S. Bread-boy, Gilbert BURT; Cigarette Boy, Dennis BURT; Advertisement, K. and J. MORGAN; Advertising, Edward PURCHASE; Lemon Cheese, Peggy MARNEY; Fairy Soap, Betty JAMES; C.W.S. Marmalade, H. T. OATEN; Ovaltine, Angela PINNEY; Puritan Maid, J. HICKS; Symington's Girl, M. SUMMERHAYES; Queen of Perfection, W. H. LENTHALL; Wild Woodbine, John WARRY; C.W.S. Milk, Grace and Harold DARBY and L. HAYWARD; John and Nellie HANKS.
Gangs - 1, Mr. J. MANUEL's party, High-street, Taunton (Ten Little Nigger Boys); 2, Phyllis DENSCOMBE and party, Trull (Pierrots); 3, Frances GREENSLADE and party, 19, Union Gate, Taunton (Bridal Party).
Tableaux – 1, Mrs. FOLLETT, 10, Silver-street, Taunton (Floral Donkey Cart); 2, Betty SHUTE and party, 43, Wheatley-crescent, Taunton (Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary); 3, Gladys FOSTER and party, 13 Court, High-street, Taunton (England, Scotland, Irelanl <sic>, and Wales).
Decorated vehicles – 1, John Stuart HILL, 40, St, Augustine-street, Taunton (Rose Car); 2, Irene HUSSEY, Bathpool (In the Pink); 3, Keith CHAPPELL, 2, Lambrook-road, Taunton (Buy British); special prize, Master V. HILL and Miss J. ADDICOTT, Three Tuns, Tancred-street, Taunton (Bridal Carriage).
Individual items, girls – 1, Hazel MEARS, 1. Wheatley-crescent, Taunton (Silver Butterfly); 2, Rosina DART, Bristol (Squaw); 3, Audrey GAMBLE, 23, Belgrave-place, Taunton (Nun); 4, Nancy BARTON, Holway-road (Grandma); 5, Sheila SPRATT, Shoreditch (Mrs. GRUNDY); 6, Phyllis SAUNDERS, 10, Roman-road (Sweet Lavender); specials, Bryan and Pamela HANCOCK, Taunton (Minnie and Mickie Mouse), and Mavis CORRICK, 15, Cromwell-road (Silver Tinfoil).
Individual, boys – 1, Douglas SHAPLEY, 87, Wheatley-crescent (Explorer); 2, Reggie DART, Bristol (Red Indian); 3, Stanley BICKNELL, 76, Wheatley-crescent (Coster); 4, Richard NEWLAND, Bishop's Hull (Cracker); 5, Ivor BAWLER, 29, Wheatley-crescent (Chef); 6, Harold LAWRENCE, 119, Wedland-terrace (Pirate).
Comic, boy or girl – 1, Mary L. MASSHOLM, 64, Baldwin-road (Bed and Breakfast); 2, Ann CATCHLOVE, Bristol (Old Bill); 3, R. and P. RICE, 34, Baldwin-raod (Prairie Pals).
Advertising feature – 1, W. HARNELL, 6, Kingston-road (Rowbarton Fish Supply); 2, P. HOLLAND, 61, South-road (C.W.S. Biscuits); 3. T. H. CORNER, 5, Lambrook-road (Oxo, Little and Good).
Mounted features – 1, Sylvia EDNEY (Indian Chief); 2, Joan CAUNTER, Hatch Beauchamp (Red Indian); specials, Ivor DAWE (Cowboy), and D. FOLLETT, 6, Denmark-place, St. James'-street (Huntsman).
RECORD CROWD IN VIVARY PARK.
A huge crowd assembled in Vivary Park for the crowning of the Carnival Queen, This pleasing and interesting ceremony was preformed in the bandstand by the Mayor of Taunton (Councillor Wm. BRAKE), who was accompanied by the Mayoress and carnival officials.
The Queen-elect, Miss Florence PRIDDLE, of 17, York-road, Taunton, a 19-years-old shop assistant employed in the town, had been chosen by popular ballot a fortnight previously. She looked exceedingly charming when she appeared in her beautiful gown of ivory satin royal, cut on flowing lines, with sweeping train. The high neck-line corsage was finished at the waist with soft ruched belt and bow, and the long tight-fitting sleeves with points over the hands. Over this she wore a magnificent red velvet cloak edged with ermine, and on her head a silver crown, this being replaced by the golden crown of office, which was handed to the Mayor by last year's Queen, Miss Madge COLES, of Wiveliscombe. The new Queen, with her maids of honour and train-bearers, made a delightful picture as they walked from their retiring tent to the bandstand before the ceremony commenced. The six maids of honour, who were dressed in white, were the Misses Lilian FRIEND, Phyllis Mary WILLIS, Ellen ROGERS, Phyllis BAKER, Elsie SALTER, and Hilda ROSEWARNE, all of Taunton. Masters Peter MUSGRAVE and Reggie BENHAM, attired as court pages, were the train-bearers.
The Queen's robes were the generous gift of the proprietors of the “Somerset County Herald.”
MISS COLES' GRATITUDE.
The assembled crowd was first addressed by the retiring Queen, who stated: “Twelve months ago you did me the honour of electing me Queen of the Carnival, which I greatly appreciated. On that occasion I asked for your help in raising a large sum of money for the institutions which we hoped to benefit, and you did not fail me. The few occasions on which I have been called upon to appear at functions you have given me a very cordial reception, for which I give you my heartiest thanks. The time has now come for me to hand on my office to a successor whom you have chosen. I can only hope that she will have as happy a period of office as it fell to me to enjoy, and in bidding you farewell I would ask you to extend to her the same kindly feeling and consideration as it has been my privilege to receive at your hands.” (Cheers.)
The Queen-elect was then introduced by Councillor KEYNTON, and the Mayor by Councillor CLODE. The latter remarked that Councillor BRAKE was known among them as a gentleman and a sportsman, and he was always ready to do anything for charity and for the good of Taunton in general (Applause.)
The Mayor, who was cordially received, said he had a very pleasing ceremony to perform. As they knew, Miss PRIDDLE had been chosen as the Carnival Queen, and it would be his privilege in a few moments to complete her adornment for that special event. He felt that they all owed a very deep debt of gratitude to her, and also to her maids of honour and to all those other ladies who came forward to compete for that high honour. They were also very grateful to the organisers of that old-time carnival, especially Councillor KEYNTON (chairman), Councillor CLODE (vice-chairman), and the “live-wire,” Mr. S. LAWRENCE (hon. secretary). The proceeds of the carnival would be given to the Taunton and Somerset Hospital and other deserving institutions. The hospital was doing great public service, and its doors were always open to the sick and needy. Big calls were made upon its financial resources, and last year, he believed, the Carnival Committee were in a position to hand over a substantial sum to its funds. He hoped they would raise an even larger total this year, and that they would all open not only their hearts but their purses as well, in support of the commendable causes they wished to benefit. He believed they all possessed the carnival spirit.
The ceremony of “crowning” the Queen was then performed by the Mayor, who concluded his speech with the words; “I would like to offer the Queen my most hearty congratulations on the high honour she has attained, and I sincerely hope she will have a very pleasant and happy reign. (Cheers.)
THE QUEENS'S SPEECH.
In her speech of reply, the Queen said “My first words to you must be words of thanks for the very great honour you have conferred upon me by electing me Queen of the Carnival of this ancient and historic borough. My maids of honour and I earnestly desire that this carnival shall eclipse all its predecessors, and that the amount of money raised in the cause of charity shall establish a new record. The hospital, the Nursing Association, and the other institutions which we desire to benefit are doing a noble work. The members of the Carnival Committee have spared no pains to provide for your enjoyment, and I hope those efforts will be crowned with the greatest success. To this end I bid you to display to the full the carnival spirit, remembering that it is more blessed to give than to receive. We have a very full day. As we proceed in state through the streets of the town, I hope the collectors will be overburdened with your generosity. After the procession we shall hope to meet you in this Park, where it is my royal wish that the stalls shall be patronised to such an extent that they will be cleared ere we close. It will be my constant endeavour to uphold the dignity of the town and the high office to which you have elected me.” (Cheers.)
Councillor KEYNTON, on behalf of the Committee, heartily thanked the Mayor and Mayoress, and said that Councillor BRAKE had spared no time to help them in their great effort. (Cheers.)
The Mayor, responding, said that it had been a great pleasure to the Mayoress and him to support them in that very noble effort. He believed that no more worthy cause was in existence than that of their hospitals, and he was glad to know that the entries for the evening procession constituted a record.
A bouquet of golden chrysanthemums, presented to the retiring Queen, was the kind gift of Mrs. WYATT, of Wilton Nurseries.
“MILES OF SMILES.”
FEATURES OF WONDERFUL PROCESSION.
“BIGGEST AND BRIGHTEST.”
For weeks previously this had been the slogan of the Carnival Committee, and it was thoroughly justified by the record size of the evening procession and the many varied features it represented. Incidents were reproduced from the pages of remote history; the recent Test matches were re-fought; and episodes in the municipal life of Taunton were the subject of good-natured skits. Popular “talkie stars” created considerable interest, and many gay and queer characters appeared in costume of great variety. The merrymaking of the masqueraders was as a contagious disearse; everyone – everywhere – had to smile. Taunton, therefore, was a town of irrepressible laughter, and in this happy mood it is to be hoped that people gave a record sum to the hospital and other good causes. Tableaux of purely artistic merit formed the pleasing contrast to the lighter side of the carnival, and the general verdict of sightseers was that the effort was the “biggest and brightest ever.”
The prizes were awarded before the forming of the procession in the Victoria Recreation Ground, and those entrusted with the arduous task of judging were:- Major and Mrs. A. G. BARRETT, Dr. A. E. JOSCELYNE, Mr. G. U. FARRANT, Mrs. C. G. TURNER, Councillor F. C. SPEAR, Major J. B. TAYLOR, Mr. C. G. TURNER, Councillor G. W. LAKE, Dr. A. J. H. ILES, Sir Dennis BOLES, Bart., Mr. P. A. CLEMENTS, Mr. G. L. SIDEY, Councillor H. WESTLAKE, the Mayor and Mayoress (Mr. and Mrs. W. BRAKE), Mr. and Mrs. F. A. BARKER, Alderman W. G. POTTER, Mr. E. H. M. LUCKOCK, and Mr. Geo. REX. The stewards were:- Chief Steward, Mr. C. J. LEE, Councillor W. CLODE, Councillor S. H. PAYNE, Messrs. Chas. BETTY, W. J. THORN, J. W. WOOL, E. E. HAWKER, H. T. OATEN, C. FUDGE, C. KNIGHT, W. HOWE, E. STONE, W. KEIGHTLY, W. CORDING, R. T. BLAKE, and T. TOTTERDELL.
The route followed by the procession was through East Reach, East-street and Fore-street to North-street, Bridge-street, Station-road and Kingston-road; and thence to St. Andrew's-road and Cheddon-road, returning to Vivary Park via High-street.
Cheering masses of the populace greeted the Carnival Queen on her triumphal tour of the town, and “Her Majesty” smilingly acknowledged their welcome. Her regal carriage was mounted on a hugh Sawyer lorry, loaned by Messrs. ARNOLD & HANCOCK, which was 24ft. in length and 8ft. in width, and afforded ample scope for effective dressing. The throne consisted of an antique chair, loaned by Mr. HALLIDAY, and the Queen's maids of honour were grouped around her. The stairs leading to the throne were gilded, covered with a red carpet, and fringed with palms. The surrounding part of the lorry was painted royal blue, and the complete picture of the royal car was one of much charm, befitting the occasion in every way.
The Children's Princess, Miss Evadne WEBBER, and her attendants, followed in their beautiful floral car.
The Wellington Town and Curry Rivel Bands took part in the procession, which also included the official car – containing the Mayor (president), Councillor KEYNTON (chairman), and Mr. LAWRENCE (secretary) – the Taunton Fire Brigade and the Taunton Ambulance.
“The Landing of the Romans.” an imposing entry by Messrs. W. J. Pople & Sons, High-street, Burnham-on-Sea, repeated its success at the Burnham Carnival on August Monday – when it was awarded the cup for the best tableaux – by winning the championship prize for the best feature in the procession. Superb mounting gave to all onlookers a very striking impression of the warriors, who were poised on a well-proportioned vessel and clad according to the period, with the eagle as their standard. The Romans formed a clear-cut and distinctive group against the sky-line, and greatly pleased the judges. All the costumes were prepared by a Burnham young lady, Miss JENKINS, of Abingdon-street, and revealed a skill and thoroughness that were in keeping with the careful study of detail shown throughout the entry. It was rather incongruous, however, to see the Romans smoking cigarettes en route. Mr. C. G. LEE was Julius CAESAR. Mr. Frank LEE the standard-bearer, Mr. Jack HOLCOMBE the helmsman, and Messrs. J. A. BROWN, F. KING, J. W. POLLARD, G. GILES, E. COSWAY, F. WYNN, F. SPEED, and H. WARREN were soldiers.
“CHU CHIN CHOW,”
A scene representing this famous musical play was the choice of the Somerset County Gazette staff in presenting another of their well-staged productions. Although they did not this time carry off the highest award of the carnival, as in the two previous years, they nevertheless gave a show that was more elaborate in design and evidently more costly to produce. The scene, which was erected on a motor waggon and trailer, represented the Arabian palace of Kasim Baba, and the construction and decoration were on artistic lines.
The characters, as in the play and in the recently-released film version, appeared in their distinctive, colourful costumes, making a typical Eastern picture. The decoration was carried out in white and purple, and with well-arranged palms. In the forecourt was a group of robbers, and within the palace Kasim Baba (C. J. DOBLE) sat in his chair of state with a guard of Nubian slaves (W. J. THORNE and J. STONE). Other characters, which were grouped as in a scene of the play, were:- Ali Baba, Kasim's poor brother (A. SHEPPARD), Nur Al-huda Ali, Ali Baba's son (A. CORNISH), Muhbubah, Ali Baba's wife (G. BOND), Alcolam, Kasim's head wife (J. BRITTAIN), Abu Hasan, shayk of the robbers (B. WINSBORROW), Musab and Khuzaymah, members of Hasan's band (E. W. DOBLE and W. MILLARD), Bostan, Mahbubah's servant (S. WARE), Abdullah, Kasim's servant (C. NETTELL?), Baba Mustafa, the cobbler (H. DENNETT), Otah, a stall-keeper (I. DOMINEY), Zanim and Fit----?? sla <sic> dealers (J. MORGAN and C. TUCKER), robbers (H. J. CHALK, W. BEST, H. GILL, and G. STUCKEY).
Chorus numbers from the music of “Chu Chin Chow” were sung en route, this adding to the effectiveness of the display, which won many rounds of applause from admiring spectators.
The Gazette staff devoted much time and work to the production of their fine turn-out, and are grateful for all the help they received from various friends. They had the kind assistance of Mr. Will HARRIES and Mr. J. E. SOPER in arranging the setting and make-ups of the cast. Mr. HALLIDAY, of the Tudor House, Fore-street, loaned various articles of equipment, including stools, table, Chinese lanterns, drinking vessels, and curios; Messrs. Porter & Sons, High-street, lent the chair for Kasim Baba, also carpets; Messrs. Jays, East-street, loaned curtains; Messrs. Hawkes & Son, East-street, material for covering the structure during preparation and storage; Messrs. Govier & Sons allowed the use of their yard for building, supplied the timber, and provided the waggon and trailer, Mr. Clifford GOVIER kindly acting as driver. Mr. D. J. SUTER, of South-street, the carpenter, devoted considerable time to the work, and Messrs. Crofts, of Wellington, supplied all the paint used. Mrs. PAUL, of the Green Dragon Inn, High-street, again placed a room at the disposal of the company for rehearsals, and after the procession provided for them an excellent supper.
TAUNTON EMPLOYEES' SUCCESSES.
Employees of the Somerset Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Taunton, were responsible for four tableaux, two of purely decorative effect and the others relying for their appeal on colour and liveliness.
A charming historical scena was “Madame Pompadour in the Palace Garden at Versailles,” entered by Miss Vera READER on behalf of the ladies' department. Grouped around a sundial in a pretty floral setting were the following characters, in picturesque period dresses:- Madame Pompadour, Mrs. CORNISH; King Louis, Mrs. GRENVILLE; Count, Mrs. DURDEN; Countess, Miss B. BOND; Calicott, Mrs. M. KNIGHT; Marriott, Mrs. OAKE; Maurepas, Mrs. NORTH; and Voltaire, Miss CHAFFEY.
The purple and mauve dresses and large picture hats of the lavendar sellers in “Sweet Lavender,” entered by Miss M. THATCHER on behalf of the men's department, created a pleasant picture. The sellers were Mrs. J. REED, Mrs. D. HOLLY, Mrs. H. FUDGE, and the Misses M. CASSELL, P. EDDICOTT, L. HAYMAN, E. COLLIER, and E. COLE.
A versatile concert party were “The Merry-makers.” girls of the laundry department, who, led by a diminutive, top-hatted conductor, crooned latest tunes through megaphones. They wore very effective red and white costumes. The members of the party were the Misses V. READER. S. READER, L. NEWTON, V. NEWTON, M. SANDY, B. SANDY, Q. GLASS, P. CUMMINGS, R. DUDDERIDGE, V. STRICKLAND, and G. STRICKLAND.
A gay company of masqueraders was represented by “Carnival Folly,” a colourful entry by the ladies' department of the same company. Those taking part in various types of costumes were Mrs. SUTER, Mrs. BENNETT, and the Misses Hazel CROSS, Dulcie McHARDY, Evelyn WATTS, Vera RICHARDS, Freda SUTTON, Kathleen SUTER, Violet GREEDY, Lily and Lena BLACKMORE, and May GREENSLADE. Lively airs were rendered along the route of the procession, with pianoforte accompaniments.
An unfortunate accident befel the party after the procession. When proceeding down East Reach Hill the horses drawing the entry slipped and shied, throwing the piano from the waggon to the ground. The instrument, loaned by Messrs. H. J. Porter & Sons, of High-street, was badly damaged.
The “Taunton Gas Therms,” a large jazz band, composed of employees of the Taunton Gas Company, created considerable interest with their flame coloured costumes and headdresses. The members of the band were Messrs. J. MEARS, G. HARTLAND, J. MOOR, F. ROBERT, R. G. TAYLOR, L. MANLEY, F. MOORE, D. BOOBYER, N. LEACH, D. BAWLER, L. MOCKRIDGE, D. SKINNER J. BICKHAM, H. REEDER, D. WILDING, J. HOOPER, N. CROCKER, L. CHURCHILL, C. HOLYDAY, E. COOK, C. WINTER, J. GENGE, F. DAVEY, W. KENCH, S. BODGER, R. KEELING, W. SMITH, R. HILL, R. SAUNDERS, P. GREEDY, F. PRICE, and W. F? CRIDGE.
DUTCH, SWISS, AND SCOTS SCENES.
A typical group of Scots fishing lasses, bare-footed and wearing plaid dresses and shawls, carrrying creels containing fish, were the employees of the Richmond-road Glove Factory, Taunton, taking par_? in “Caller Herrin.” They were the Misses A. FARMER, E. REED, V. RAYSON, P. HARRIS, G. FRANKLIN, D. REED, J. MOORE, and W. ARNOLD. The tableau was effectively decorated with seaweed and fishing nets.
On a miniature “Cresta” run, with the Alps and a Swiss chale_? in the background, were a party of warmly-clad sportswormen, some on skis and others aboard a sledge. This cleverly-devised tableau, entitled “Winter Sports,” was the effort of employees of Messrs. Clements & Brown. The sportswomen were Mrs. RADFORD, Mrs. MARCHANT, Mrs. BEST, Miss Phyllis CRIDGE, Miss DYTE, Miss HARRIS, Miss SULLY, Miss BULL, Miss QUICK, and Miss MANNING.
Dutch-costumed characters, the girls in print dresses and the boys wearing wide trousers and sabots, took par_? in a tableau, entered by Miss W. BICKNELL, of Taunton, named after the popular song “Little Dutch Mill.” Those taking part were the Misses Vera TROUP, Winnie BICKNELL, Rene BICKNELL, Doris WILLIAMS, Lily ROSEWARNE, Marjorie SLOCOMBE, Phyllis COLES, and Ivy COOKSLEY.
The historic inciden_? of the signing of the Magna Charta by King John at Runnymeade was cleverly depicted by a group of St. John's Young People's Fellowship, Staplegrove. Seated at a table was John (Mr. G. CHAPMAN), and grouped around him were the following:- Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev. J. W. STOREY; Monks, Misses Doris and Iris EDWARDS, and Mrs. G. CHAPMAN; Ladies-in-Waiting, Misses M. CRIDDLE, M. EVANS, and M. SIMS; Barons, Messrs. D. STOREY, K. JEWELL, L. WORRELL, R. SERLE?, E. NORMAN, and A. BONNE; Archers, Miss J. HORLER, and Messrs. C. BENSKIN and G. SHEPHERD; Men-at-Arms, Messrs. B. PALFREY, F. KELLY, and R. SIMS. The different characters had been dress with great care to detail, but the effect of the tableau suffered somewhat by attempting to crowd too many characters on to the small space available.
The atmosphere of a “Japanese Garden” was faithfully produced by an artistic entry of that title from the Somerset Sanitary Steam Laundry, Taunton. The sunlit garden was occupied by the following, all in graceful attire:- The Misses P. BODLEY, A. HICKS, I. HALL, E. PATTEMORE, L. WESTERN, A. BILLING, A. TROTT, M. EDWARDS, N. PARSONS, and G. PATTEMORE, and Mrs. E. COLEMAN.
Attractive sellers of luscious fruit were represented in “Cherry Ripe,” another entry from the Somerset Sanitary Steam Laundry. Dressed in red and white, those taking part were the Misses Jessie ADAMS, F. CRIDGE, I. GUEST, R. EDWARDS, H. DAVIDGE, N. DAVEY, W. THYERS, B. HEXT, I. ROBERTS, and F. ORGAN.
The radiant figure of Britannia (Miss M. BILLINGS) was the central attraction in a striking tableau of “The British Empire,” entered by Miss Amy BILLINGS, in which the various national costumes gave a pleasing effect. Others taking part were:- The Misses W. WEAVER and M. DURDON (Sailors), Misses Phyliss GRANT and M. LETHERBY (Soldiers), Misses Gladys GRANT and Kathleen DURDON (New Zealand), Misses E. BISHOP (Ceylon), Marjorie BAILEY (Wales), B. CROSSMAN (India), M. BASTIN (Palestine), L. HOMER (Miss England), Myrtle VICKERY (Africa), M. STYLES (West Indies), Mary NORTH (Scotland), Kathleen HOMER (Ireland), L. FARTHING (Newfoundland), and B. GRANT (Canada).
A group of pretty children took part part in a charming tableau, "Queen of the Fairies," entered by Mrs. MANUEL, of High-street. Seated under silver trees, with spreading foliage, were the following white-clad fairies, attending their Queen (Cissie MANUEL):- Pearl MANUEL, Sylvia SIMPSON, Thelma SADLER, Margaret BICKNELL, Susie BICKNELL, Dolly BICKNELL, Hilda THOMAS, Dolly BLACKMORE, Joan CROCKER, and Phyllis DENSLOW.
A delightful “Maypole Scene” was entered by Mrs. J. WILLIAMS, of High-street, Taunton, the happy youngsters taking part being:- Hilda CRIDGE, Mavis and Thelma TAYLOR, Kathleen GRIGG, Gwendoline THOMAS, Sylvia PRESTON, Joan and Betty FOWLER, Hazel DAVIS, and Masters R. LEAVES, Leslie FOWLER, and Dennis CRIDLAND.
The staff of the Taunton Manufactering Company, Ltd., figured as “Art Students,” with Mr. P. BURNELL as art-master, Miss D. HAWKER as model, and the following as students: Mrs. E. HEMBROW, Misses L. PERRY, B. OSMOND, G. LEWIS, Vera BUTLAND, Nelly POOLE and L. MORGAN.
PARADE AND CRICKET SKITS.
“Tennis past? and Present” showed the evolution in sports wear, from the cumbersome dresses worn in pre-war days to the abbreviated shirts and shorts of the modern tennis girls. Those taking part were: Mrs. HALLETT, Mrs. V. HOOPER, Mrs. J. HOOPER, Mrs. CORRICK, Mrs. PINNEY, Miss L. HARRIS, Miss F. KEITCH, and Miss G. BROOKS.
“Gala night at Taunton baths,” entered by Mr. W. A. BLACKBURN (Taunton), featured competitors of all ages in bathing costumes, the lorry being surmounted with five galvanised tanks containing about 350 gallons of water. The participants were Mary GOULD, Betty MOORE, Joan BLACKBURN, and Sheila, Audrey, and Myra REED, Messrs. R. S. HANCOCK, W. J. MATTHEWS, K. L. STARK, H. G. BROOM, F. FORD, A. H. WARR, G. DAVIS, F., C., E., and D. GREENSLADE, and E. WARD.
The Taunton Town Council came in for some good-humoured chaffing in a tableau entered by Messrs. Govier Bros. “On Parade,” it was entitled, and, naturally, dealt with the Corporation scheme for the improvement of the centre of the town. Refreshments were being dispensed from “The Missing Coffee Stall,” while a group of waiting 'bus passengers sat underneath a curious-looking structure, one of the proposed shelters! Those taking part were: Messrs. E. H. and A. R. GOVIER, P. MANNING, J. LARCOMBE, T. BLAND, C. HOYLE, and H. VINCENT.
Test Match controversies were revived in amusing fashion by members of the Taunton Tanneries Cricket Club, who presented a “Comic Test team,” Prominent England and Australian players were represented, as well as the home Selection Committee, who were depicted in a state of somnolence. It was suggested that this condition of the selectors accounted for the exclusion of certain famous bowlers! Other Test “mysteries” were also solved by these cricket “wiseacres.” who were: Messrs. H. MARCHANT, R. DARE, J. DAWE, T. MARCHANT, G. CRAWLEY, E. WIDE, J. PAYNE, A. CAULDWELL, A. SHUTE, F. BAKER, B. DAWE, W. DURRANT, C. KING, and T. SALWAY. The turn-out was driven by Mr. F. POMEROY.
A fearsome-looking gang from Bridgwater was styled Corscombe Bandits and Captives, who, in richly-coloured costumes, were replete with rifles and weird musical instruments. Mr. G. R. SELLICK was the chief, and his co-bandits were Messrs. J. THORNE, W. H. PORTER, A. HARWOOD, L. SELLICK, B. RICH, J. PITMAN, H. DOWELL, F. JONES, F. ALLEN, and F. PORTER. The miserable-looking captives were Messrs. W. BRITTON and G. LETHERBY
BEVY OF BEAUTY AS “LADS' BRIGADE.”
Council House Swells was the title adopted by a pedestrian group of bright young people – Dorothy, Olive, Iris, and Dennis VIRGIN and Charlie, Leonard, and Joyce STRATTON.
Carnival Messengers, smartly dressed and riding gaily-decorated bicycles, were Betty, Joan, and Phyllis HUGHES, Betty MANNING, Ruby MILLARD, Betty COLLINS, Edith WALL, and Evelyn RUDDOCK.
Brightly-coloured and well-made costumes transformed an attractive group of young ladies into a Lads' Brigade of smart appearance, and with drums and bassoons they added greatly to the animation of the evening. Mrs. E. DENSCOMBE, who was responsible for the entry, was accompanied by Mrs. S. HEADFORD and the Misses Joan DAVIS, Norah TUCKER, Doris STARK, Marjorie JEWELL, Hetty HAWKER, Lily KNOTT, Daisy MORTIFCE, Blanche OATEN, Winnie YARD, Phyllis HAINES, Florrie LOVELL, Ivy BURT, Hazell DURSTON, Beatty CLARK, and Vera CLARK.
Miss V. WYATT, Taunton, was an admirable Mae WEST, and accompanying her as “boy friends” were Mrs. H. DAVIES and the Misses M. CRIDGE, L. STEVENS, L. HUTCHINGS, D. WILLS, E. EDNEY, and I. CAVELL.
The harassed father of eight children, impersonated by Mr. Bert CHANT, Taunton, emulated the ice-cream vendor in pathetic style by inviting people to Stop Me and Buy One. It is understood that he did no business!
The famous talkie comedians, Laurel and Hardie, were seen touring in a miniature turn-out on four wheels; and for the amusement created by this entry the street crowds were indebted to the ingenious efforts of Messrs. F. G. MEAR and P. COLLARD, Taunton.
A 1900 model of a motor-car, lent by Messrs. F. R. Purchase & Sons, Priorswood-road, Taunton, was chosen to convey the celebrated radio artist, Will HAYE, who was cleverly impersonated by Mr. A. Le Breton SMITH. The school master was accompanied, as pupils, by T. HOLLOWAY and G. GANGE.
Going to Market was the title of an effective entry by Mr. G. L. VILLAR, of Downsland Farm, Stoke-road. An ancient model of a car was laden with the produce, and those with it were Miss Mabel KNIGHT, Mr. C. CATTING?, Mr. J. BURTON, and Mr. G. COUNCIL.
The Last Round Up, a collecting car, carried Mae WEST in the person of Mr. F. WORT and “she” performed her famous “Come up and see me some time” act in a successful endeavour to cajole from the crowds more financial support for the funds. The “patient” on the car was Mr. A. COLES.
EFFECTIVE TRADE DISPLAYS.
Four elaborate trade turn-outs entered by the Taunton Co-operative Society were in the charge of Messrs. H. JOLLY, H. WOOLSTENCROFT, A. BAILY, and E. LEATHEN.
Mr. J. FRENCH (driver) and Mr. E. MITCHELL accompanied the van representing Walpamur & Co., Ltd.
The merits of Goblin Cleaners were displayed by Mr. R. A. MEREDITH, of Bridge House, Creech St. Michael, who was accompanied by Miss B. BUTCHER and Mr. and Mrs. ARKELL.
A private entry from the Taunton Co-operative Society was that of Mr. W. LENTHALL, entitled Queen of Perfection. The little girls on the car, grouped in tier formation around the Queen, were Doris, Phyllis, Betty, and Jean SCORSE, Peggy BRADBEER, Sylvia and Dina CARROLL, Ivy COLES, and Iris HOOPER. Their dainty dresses were made of bread wrappers.
A Happy Union was the title of an entry by Coombs & Co.'s Footwear Service, of North-street, the “parson” officiating at the wedding being Mr. B. TURNER.
Displays were also entered by Messrs. F. Cullen & Co., Upper High-street, Taunton (scales, weights, and measures); Eldorado Ice-cream Co. (Mr. C. PRIDDLE); The Radio Supply Depot., 60, East Reach, Taunton (Messrs. E. C. WYATT, & C. H. PARSONS); Mr. H. C. DORSE, of High-street (Mr. H. DAVIS); C.W.S Milk Depot (Mr. S. QUICK, and Brian QUICK).
“Winter in the West,” a clever miniature model cottage with a snow scene setting, was the work of Mr. M. DERHAM, of Creech St. Michael.
Another smart trade exhibit was that by Messrs Harding, Tilton & Hartley, entitled “Van Heusen Shirt Makers.” Those forming its “crew” were – Miss A. COUSINS, Mrs. D. CRIDLAND, Miss E. SULLY, Mrs. E. MEARS, Mrs. L. LEAVES, Miss L. HAYMAN, Mrs. A. PAUL, Mrs. E. FOWLER, Mrs. and Mr. GREGG, and Miss T. LEGG.
An entry from Messrs. Jays' Furnishing Store, East-street, was entitled “Bride and Groom” (Miss L. TUCKER and Mr. F. E. MARKS).
Taunton Gas Company had four entries in the trade section. “To-day's lesson for the up-to-date housewife” was controlled by Mr. S. HENSHAW, as the schoolmaster, with a number of employees of Efficon Products, Ltd. as his pupils. Another exhibit dealt with the advantages of “Regulo” cookers, the “husband” being Mr. Owen MOIR, and his “wife,” Mrs. BELL. Mr. J. MITCHELL, Mr. A. GAYTON, and Miss F. CORNISH were the occupants of a third car. The fourth vehicle, humorously depicted the advantages of modern gas equipment in the home. Those taking part were – Mr. Jack KING, Master Tony BICKNELL, Miss Leila SHAW, Mr. J. BICKNELL, Mr. W. UNDERHILL, and Mr. R. EVERY.
HOST OF MERRYMAKERS.
The motley crowd of masqueraders who followed in the wake of the tableaux included the following:- Bunch of Posies, Edna DURMAN), Superstitions (Miss M. SMITH), Coal Black Mammy (Mrs. P. HOLLISTER, Bristol), Sheik (T. BADCOCK), Ballet Dancer (Evelyn BISHOP), The Mummy (Douglas JAMES), Chinaman (Cyril Joryeff, Trull), Italian Lady (Mrs. H. COMER), Lady Gainsborough (Mrs. B. ADDICOTT), “Have you ever seen a dream walking?” (Mrs. F. NELSON, Bristol), “All the nice girls love the sailors” (Iris and Primrose HAWKINS), Chimney Sweep (Mrs. A. T. SMITH), Departed Spirits (P. HANCOCK), Scarecrow (T. L. EDWARDS), Clown (John PIPPARD, Somerton), “I'm not supposed to be all there” (C. F. HILL), Sambo and his banjo” (L. HILL), Mrs. GRUNDY (W. J. COLLARD, Trull), Militair (Marion GRANT), Page Boy (Edith GRANT), Not So Dusty (Miss P. E. TREGO), Cowboy (Douglas MILNER, Kingston), Persian Ballet (Mrs. W. JAMES, Chard), Queen of Clubs (Miss E. K. JAMES, Chard), Boy Blue (Miss P. VIRGIN), Stop Me and Buy One (Bert CHANT), Highland Infantry (S. STURGESS, Trull), Not? More Fruit (Miss N. CHAFFEY), Johnnie WALKER (Ted MANLEY), Rainbow Girls (Vera WARD and Kathleen SMALL), Dancer (L. TEMPLEMAN), John BULL? (Mrs. A. ELLIOTT), 14th Century Lady (Miss L. PETHERICK), Ludo (Mary WOODLEY), Japanese Lady (Miss C. WELCH), Miss Crinoline (Miss K. GRANT), Ardent Wooer (Miss I. GRANT), Old-Fashioned Lady (Mrs. GANGE), Smash and Grab (Mrs. W. G. BAKER), Sailor Girls (Mrs. HOPKINS and Miss V. CRIDGE), Sleepless Night (E. BAKER), Miss Muffett's Junkets (Miss? E. ARNOLD), Scivvy (B. HANCOCK), Pity the? Poor Farmer (M_ss? D. BRADDICK, Churchst__ton?), Home By Post (W. A. BLACKBURN), Sunny? Jim (Florrie BROWN), Darby and Joan (Miss Edith BASKWILL and Mrs. Violet HELLMAN). Fifty-fifty (Miss I. LODER), Fifty-Fifty (Miss D. GRANT), Slum Clearance (Mrs. Nancy JOYCE). The Misfit Schoolboy (L. McCULLOCK), Jackie COOGAN (Doris ASHTON), and Nurse (R. WAY).
Cyclist, most pleasing feature – 1, Miss Z STEER, Glastonbury (Silver Wedding); special prize, Miss E. SALWAY, Wood-street, Taunton (Arches of Roses).
Tableaux, motor or horse-drawn, ladies- 1 Miss THATCHER, Somerset Manufacturing Co., gent.'s department (Sweet Lavender); 2, Theo. TAYLOR & Co., Taunton Glove Factory (Caller Herrin'); equal 2, Mr. MANUEL, High-street, Taunton (Queen of the Fairies); 3, Miss A. BILLING, Somerset Steam Laundry, Taunton staff (Cherry Ripe); equal 3, Mrs. VICKERY, Deane Manufacturing Co. (Winter Sports); 4, Miss V. READER (Somerset Manufacturing Co., laundry department (The Merry Makers); equal 4, Miss BILLINGS, Somerset Steam Laundry (British Empire). Owing to the large entry in this class (12 attractive displays), the second, third, and fourth prizes were duplicated.
Tableaux, motor or horse-driven, men - 1. Somerset County Gazette, Taunton, staff in Chu Chin Chow; 2, W. M. DERHAM, Creech St. Michael (Winter in the West).
COMIC TEST MATCH.
Best turn-out from football or other recognised sports clubs – 1. Taunton Tanneries Cricket Club (Comic Test Match).
Historic tableaux or gang – 1, Somerset Manufacturing Co., Taunton, ladies' department (Madame Pompadour); 2, Rev. J. W. STORY and Staplegrove Young People's Fellowship (King John Signing Magna Charta).
Trade turn-out – 1, Co-operative Wholesale Society (Queen of Perfection); 2, Van Heusen, Taunton, shirt-makers; 3, Taunton Gas Company (Old and New Style Washing); 4, Messrs. COOMBES, North-street, Taunton boot repairing; 5, Jay's Furnishing Company, Taunton (The Bride and Bridegroom); special extra awards, Wyatt's Radio and C.W.S. Paints (Beauty and Brightness)
Gang on foot, other than comic – 1, Taunton Gas Company (Thermo Bank); 2 B. WYATT and party, Trull (Mae West and Boy Friends); 3, Betty HUGHES and party, Lambrook-road, Taunton (Carnival Messenger Girls); special, G. R. SELLICK and party, Bridgwater (Corsican Band).
Individual feature, mounted – 1, D. MILNER, Kingston (Cowboy); 2, Mrs. E. J. JAMES, Churchstanton (Ace of Clubs).
Ditto, on foot – 1, C.W. JORYEFF, Staplehay (Chinaman); 2, Mrs. ADDICOTT, Silver-street, Taunton (Lady Gainsborough); 3, Miss C. WELSH, 14, Malvern-terrace (Geisha Girl); 4, L. PETHERICK, 13, Eastleigh-road, Taunton (14th Century).
Comic entry, individual – 1, T. L. EDWARDS, 12, Baldwin-road, Taunton (Scarecrow); 2 C. F. HILL, 40, St. Augustine-street, Taunton (Not All There); specials, F. NELSON, 170, Whiteway-road, Kingswood, Bristol (Dream Walking), and R. WILLIAMS, Stoke St. Gregory (Chip of the Old Block).
Comic gangs, including jazz bands 1, E. H. GOVIER, Belvedere-road, Taunton (Skit on Taunton Parade alterations); 2, Taunton Manufacturing Company Pool Wall Mills (Jazz Band); 3, Somerset Manufacturing Company's ladies' department (Carnival Follies); 4, W. A. BLACKBURN, 7, Gyffarde-street, Taunton (Gala Night at the Baths)
SUCCESS OF CARNIVAL BALL.
There was a merry company at the eve of the carnival ball on Friday night in the Town Hall. Between 300 and 400 attended, and danced to the excellent music of the Liberty Rhythm Boys (Clem? NETTELL and his Band), who generously gave their services. The company included the Mayor, Councillor BRAKE (president of the Carnival), Councillors H. S. KEYNTON and W. F. CLODE (chairman and vice-chairman), also the Carnival Queen-elect and her maids of honour, Messrs. John WENT and A. J. S. WILLIAMS were the M.C.'s, and other members of the Ball Committee were Messrs. E. E. HAWKER (chairman), J. BURROWS and C. CHURCHILL. Refreshments (other than licensed) were provided and served by Mrs. HAWKER and lady helpers. There were the usual popular dance competitions, prizes for which included 12 free flight tickets for the following Thursday's Air Circus at Taunton. One of these tickets was presented to the Carnival Queen.
Following the crowning of the Queen in Vivary Park on Saturday afternoon, the staff of the Taunton Depot, S.L.I., gave a gymnastic display, which was watched with great interest by a huge crowd. Sergeant Instructor WILLIAMS, of the Army Physical Training Staff, directed the display, in which he also took part, being assisted by Sergt. WEST, Corporals WHITE and TEMPLEMAN, Lance-Corporals IRWIN, CUNNINGHAM and THOMAS, Privates DAWE and BEASEMORE. Chair tricks were the first item on the programme, and they were followed by some spectacular tableaux on the parallel bars, after which a number of fine feats were preformed on the ground, including hand-springs, head-springs, somersaults, flips and dives. The display reached its usual high standard, and this voluntary exhibition by the Depot staff, in their own time, won them a well deserved ovation from the onlookers.
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