NEXT weekend Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival’s ‘Jubilation’ entry takes part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London.

The 100ft long carnival cart has been designed to reflect various regal elements of the monarchy, including the royal crest, crowns, royal carriages and Yeoman of the Guard, with additional links to the Commonwealth.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday (June 5) is a celebration of the Queen, who has dedicated her 70-year reign to service.

It has come to be known as the People’s Pageant, by the people and for the people, and it is an honour for everybody associated with Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival to be involved in the prestigious


Here are some facts about ‘Jubilation’:

  • 200 people have been involved with the construction of Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival’s entry, including - 20 engineers, 10 carpenters, 15 painters, 10 electricians, and 6 costume and dressmakers. It has taken 12 months to design and build the cart.
  • Members from 17 different carnival clubs have been involved with the building of the entry.
  • The 100ft long cart has been designed to reflect various regal elements of the monarchy. It contains more than 40 engineered moving parts, and 18 spectacularly crafted models, including 12 beefeaters, four royal crowns and two royal crests. The cart also has eight royal carriages made out of wood.
  • The entry contains 1,500 individual lights, and is powered by a 100 Kva generator.
  • 180 sheets of 12mm plywood, and more than 20,000 wood screws have been used during the construction of Jubilation.
  • More than 200 litres of environmentally friendly water based paint have been used to decorate the cart.
  • During the pageant there will be 32 dancing costumed performers on the cart with a further 110 dancing in the street in front of the entry.
  • The dance parade at the front of the entry represents street parties – a feature of previous jubilee and royal celebrations in towns and cities throughout the UK. 27 road crew members will help to guide the cart and walkers around the 3km route in London. In total the pageant, which has come to be known as the People’s Pageant, involves 10,000 people from across the UK and Commonwealth.
  • It will take up to six hours for the cart to travel the 123 miles from Bridgwater to London, and it will be transported on the back of three lorry transporters by Bridgwater based haulage specialists Wheeler & Son.
  • Including those taking part in the pageant, over 500 carnivalites will be travelling from Bridgwater to London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
  • The music used on the cart is Celebrate by The Overtones, and is powered by 43.5 kilowatts of sound through 36 individual speakers.

On Thursday (May 26) the carnivalites building Jubilation welcomed some VIP guests to the shed where the cart is being built.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw, and deputies Lt Col Mike Motum, and Ted Allen, visited for an early preview of the royal themed cart and met some of the people involved with its design and

construction, along with some of the performers on the big day.

After the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant, Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival organisers are planning to display the cart in Bridgwater Town Centre on Sunday, June 12, to enable members of the public to see the spectacular entry close up. More details will be released nearer the time.

And spectators at Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival on Saturday, November 5 and the other six Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals (Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea, Weston Super Mare, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury) will also have the chance to see the cart in its full glory.

Bridgwater-based Griffens Carnival Club will be taking the cart out on the road during the November illuminated carnivals and will be providing the cast and road crew.