The Shepton Mallet Journal 07 Sep 1934 Successful Carnival Taunton

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The Shepton Mallet Journal Friday 07 Sep 1934

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Taunton had a great day of pageantry and revelry, on Saturday in the carnival celebrations on behalf of the County Hospital and other charities. Thousands of townspeople and visitor from a wide area witnessed the processions, and the crowning of the Carnival Queen and the festivities, which included a fun fair in Vivary Park.

The children were led by their Princess twelve-year-old Evadne WEBBER.

The ceremony of crowning the Carnival Queen was performed by the Mayor of Taunton, Councillor William BRAKE; before a large crowd.

Last year's Queen, Miss Madge COLES, of Wiveliscombe, handed over the golden crown of office, which was placed on the head of the new Queen, Miss Florence PRIDDLE, of 17, York Road, Taunton.


The evening procession was the longest and most imposing seen in any Taunton carnival.

The special award for the best feature in the procession went to a fine display from Burham-on-Sea - “The landing of the Romans,” a very effective and well-dressed tableau entered by Messrs. W. G. POPLE and Sons. In close competition for this distinction was a well-designed scene representing “Chu Chin Chow,” for which the “Somerset County Gazette,” Taunton, staff obtained a first prize.

Girls of the Somerset Manufacturing Company, Taunton, were first in the ladies' tableau class with “Sweet Lavender.”

Another Somerset Manufacturing Company first prize entry was “Madame Pompadour,” which was judged the best of the historic tableau, with “King John signing Magna Charta,” by the Staplegrove Young People's Fellowship, a good second.

The best sports club turn-out was a skit on the Test match by the Taunton Tanneries Cricket Club.

Miss Z. STEER, of Glastonbury, as “Silver Wedding,” was first for decorated cycles.

Taunton Gas Company's “Thermo Band” was the first prize gang on foot, and the best trade turn-out was “Queen of Perfection,” one of three Co-operative Wholesale Society displays in the procession.

Mr. D. MILNER, of Kingston, as cowboy, was the best individual mounted feature; and Mr C. W. JORYEFF, of Staplehay, Taunton (a China-man) was the best on foot. Mr. T. L. EDWARDS, Taunton, as a scarecrow, was first for comic individual; and an amusing skit on Taunton Parade alterations entered by Messrs. GOVIER, Taunton, took first for comic gangs.

In the comic entry (individual) class a special prize was awarded F. NELSON, 170, Whiteway Road, Kingswood, Bristol, for “Dream walking.”

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