Bradiford House after 30 years

It may still be seven weeks until the 2012 Pilton Green Man Festival, but Jubilee weekend is a chance for some nostalgia for when it all started.  On Saturday 2nd June (12.30 to 5pm) there will be a Family Picnic in the grounds of Bradiford House – the scene on July 10th 1982 of both a Gypsy Fayre (afternoon) and a Gypsy Barbecue (evening).

Bickington Bluebirds Majorettes (extract from the 1982 Pilton Festival film)

Taking part in the afternoon event were the Bickington Bluebirds Majorettes (left) who also appeared in the 1982 film of the first Pilton Festival made by the late Clifford Davies (showing in Pilton Church Hall at 4pm on Monday 4th June). It is hoped that some of those who appeared will be back in Bradiford to remember this event of their youth.  We were pleased to discover they still exist.

Enjoying the Gypsy Barbecue at Bradiford House in 1982

Some ladies who sadly will not be back in Bradiford this year (although Joan and Dora still live in Barnstaple) are shown here sitting in the garden at the Gypsy Barbecue in 1982: from left to right – Mrs Joan Tancock, Mrs Dora Tancock, Alice Mogridge, Mrs May Nott (formerly Mrs May Brannam). Photograph from Mary Passmore.  At the 2012 Family Picnic the visitors can watch the Pilton v Bradiford Tug of War for the new Jubilee Cup, take part in children’s races and enjoy beer, cider or Pimms.  Anyone can come, but there is very limited parking so people should walk if possible.

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