by Jeff Hathaway
“Based on the hit musical ‘Wicked, this year's entry was called "One Short Day" “But it took a lot longer than that to build with harestails and flowers!” Said Chairman of the St. Brelade Battle of Flowers, Karen Bougeard
Karen continued: “With an excellent team and lots of fun on the way, it was completed and reached the arena although Battle Day wasn’t the best weatherwise. There was nonetheless plenty of smiles from us and the spectators and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had Miss St Brelade, also known as Miss Emerald City, with us for the night Parade which she thoroughly enjoyed. We also had two former Miss St Brelade’s involved - which was fantastic too. Even Miss Battle popped in and helped us . A huge thank you to everyone who made our Battle entry such a success.
We were rewarded with the Channel Television Trophy for Best Costume for our beautiful outfits in the Daytime Parade and The Bridgewater Friendship Through Carnival Trophy for Best Carnival Atmosphere in the Moonlight Parade where everyone encouraged the crowd to clap and cheer although with the float so beautifully lit up it looked ‘wicked’ anyway.
We have had a lot of new volunteers for which we are grateful and welcome aboard. I intend to contact everyone who has shown an interest and get them started in our friendly team.”
Work on the float was started way back in January when Eddie Le Gros and his team began dismantling the Christmas float. There followed several months of hard work by his team to gradually build the float, and the association ladies to design and make the costumes. Their combined efforts rewarded the Association with two richly deserved prizes.
Connetable Mike Jackson said: “Battle Day was again a tremendous occasion and experience. It was abundantly clear to me that the crowds were enjoying the St. Brelade float, particularly the costumes, and the sheer enthusiasm of all those in the St. Brelade ‘entourage’. The slightly greyish weather did not seem to dampen anyone’s spirits! On the following evening, the float illumination in the Moonlight Parade was simply outstanding and wonderfully atmospheric. The judges obviously agreed and awarded the St. Brelade float the much deserved trophy for Best Carnival Atmosphere. A huge well done to everyone!”.
Karen also advised La Baguette: “Designs for next years float need to be in by the end of September. For information on what is needed please contact me or leave your designs at the Parish Hall”.
“Future events include a Christmas light extravaganza at the shed with mince pies, tombola and hopefully Santa will drop by too. We will enter the Christmas Parade which is on Sunday 13th December. The usual car boots and events will also take place which will be advertised via the media”.
Anyone interested in joining the Association can contact Karen via email: email@example.com or 07797812981. or pop by the Battle ‘shed’ on Mont a la Brune - where, if someone’s there, and there usually is, a cup of tea will be on offer.