This brief story was originally written in 2015 by Harry Mottram for the Bridgwater Mercury with some updating in 2020.
It was the year that England won the world cup in football but more importantly in Bridgwater it was the year that the Renegades Carnival Club was founded.
From humble beginnings the club has grown to be one of the largest and most attractive clubs in town with a site at the famous Carnival City, on Bristol Road in Bridgwater where vast sheds store the carts in the winter and spring months. And where the amazing lightbulb overtures are created.
There are around 60 members including life members and supporters including extended families and life long carnivalites based around their spiritual home of the Vinos Ale and Wine Tavern.
The club was originally called the Wellworthys Carnival Club before the change of name to celebrate their rebel credentials. In 2019 they took on the theme Ranesh, the second century Hindu Elephant deity who is revered as a God who can remove obstacles in life. Something that all carnivalites can understand considering the challenges of creating a cart each year.
1966 was the year of the world cup and England’s only appearance in the final. They beat West Germany 4-2 in extra time at Wembley but it was also the year that Liverpool won the old First Division in football and Everton beat Sheffield Wednesday in the FA cup by 3-2.
Outside of football it the year that Harold Wilson’s Labour Party won a second general election in row with a larger majority than Boris Johnson’s Tories enjoyed in 2019. The first Action Man toy went on sale, The Beatles released the album Revolver and on TV the first series of Til Death us Do Part was screened making Alf Garnet famous.
There are several videos on YouTube of the club’s various carts including this one from 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl0LUmSdUmA
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