The trip into Bridgwater went really well and we were soon coupled up and in line. Now was the chance to fit the rest of the 15000 light bulbs, touch up some last bits of painting, connect the last few wires and finally fix the front gates!
In between all this our Chairman 'Budgie' had to break off to do a little filming for ITV West, did you see him?
The cast started to arrived about 6pm and helped fit the last few bulbs. I'd never seen the costumes and make-up before and they certainly looked good with the cart. Due to the high dance positions, loading took a little longer than we expected but soon they were all on and the music wound up, time for a last practice.
Just as the procession started a fine rain started to fall and by the time we got to the start line the rain was heavy! The procession itself went without a hitch, although 50 tons of vehicle on a wet, diesel-splashed road kept the ground crew on their toes. The crowd seemed to llike the cart and there was a lot of applause which was really good, and before we new it we were at the finish uploading.
Everybody had a great time and as the road crew moved the cart on to North Petherton they were really buoyant, despite the rain. Having parked up, it was back to the Sedgemoor Inn for a little refreshment and a good nights sleep.
At 12.30am the text came through "3rd at Bridgwater" - what a fantastic achievement for our 50th year, congratulations!
Thanks to muzic72 for this YouTube video: