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The Carnival Inn proves the place to shine
Article date: 07 May 2013

Pub manager Martin Cumiskey celebrates the 10th birthday of The Carnival Inn, with bar associate Jen Barker. Jen has worked at the pub since it opened in Bridgwater, Somerset, in September 2002.

The pub’s name refers to the annual Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, held on the first Saturday in November, and is the largest illuminated carnival in Europe.

J D Wetherspoon has been an official sponsor of the carnival for the past 10 years.

The event dates from 1847, with the first official carnival taking place in 1881. Light bulbs were first used at the carnival in 1903; this year saw 117 entries taking part.

One of the largest crowds in recent times lined the two-mile route for the 2012 parade, being enthralled and mesmerised, as the procession slowly wound its way around the narrow streets of the old market town.

A gallery of 30 photographs, dating back to 1978 and showing some of the carnival floats, adorns The Carnival Inn’s walls.

A further five pictures were added to mark a decade at the pub, with this year’s image shortly being added to the updated collection.

The latest additions are: (2007) Crusaders CC – Santa’s Little Helpers, (2008) Lime Kiln CC – Victory (Fight to the End), (2009) Cavaliers CC – Stand and Deliver, (2010) Renegades CC – Carnivale, (2011) Marketeers CC – Flying Machines.

Bridgwater Carnival’s official photographer Peter J Nicholls, who has been taking photographs at the town’s carnival since 1977, has produced all of the framed pictures.

Martin said: “The Bridgwater Carnival wall of fame is an area where our customers and visitors can take a trip down memory lane and see for themselves the different people who, and clubs which, have played their part in the town’s carnival over the last 30 years.

“Our pub is in the heart of Bridgwater, so it also allows us to play our part in promoting this historic and fun event.”

Dave Stokes, publicity officer for Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, added: “The wall of fame is a terrific concept, encouraging both local people and tourists to see for themselves how the carnival entries have changed and developed over the years.

“It also demonstrates the commitment of The Carnival Inn and J D Wetherspoon to the local community – and I would like to thank them for their ongoing continued support with Bridgwater Carnival.”

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