BRIDGWATER Carnival is planning a display of the cart that joined the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London.

Once a date is confirmed, the group will park the 100ft long cart, titled Jubilation, outside the Carnival Centre in the town’s High Street so that members of the public can see first-hand the regal themed cart.

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Mike Crocker, Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival President, talking about being in London for the Jubilee, said: “What an absolutely amazing day.

"The atmosphere and the reception we received completely exceeded all of our expectations, and it was certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity which none of us will ever forget.

“The cart looking absolutely stunning, and I would like to thank the carnivalites who have been involved with the prestigious project.

"It was such a proud moment for us all, and it showed Bridgwater Carnival and the other Somerset carnivals at their very best.”

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He added: “The interest in the cart we have built for The Queen has been enormous, and it has really increased over the past few weeks.

“There is no doubt Jubilation has really captured the hearts and minds of people living in Bridgwater, Somerset and the South West, and so we thought we owe it to those who have supported us to put it on display in the town centre so they can see for themselves how very special the cart is.”

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Jonathan Walter, Bridgwater Carnival’s collection officer, said: “Helping local charities and organisations to boost their funds has always been an integral part of our carnival activities, and there are a number of ways in which charities and groups could raise money from our carnival, including helping with the street collection, managing our official car parks, and selling souvenir programmes, to name just a few.

“On the day we can talk through how these fundraising and volunteering activities work with interested charities and community groups, and we can explore how we can help each other.”

Between 1982 and 2019, £835,396 has been collected at Bridgwater Carnival and shared between the official Bridgwater Carnival charity and its charity partners.

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“There is always a variety of fundraising opportunities available, and the more help and support we receive the more money we raise for good causes”, added Jonathon who is in his first year as collection officer for the carnival committee.

“I really do hope we see some new groups involved with this year’s carnival, and let’s make Bridgwater Carnival 2022 the biggest and best yet.”