Fred Wren was the Tzar of Summervale and we all had to wait, and wait for him to appear and light the bonfire.
He worked with my Dad on the pumps and the two families lived together on a farm near Chard before moving to the bungalows.
Here is a photo of Fred, Tony, my uncle Steve and my Mum. There's a good few eggs in that there basket!
Here is a photo of Allen Dixon hauling the guy to the top of the fire.
What struck me about this photo is that all the kids look dressed up for school. No play clothes in those days - too poor I guess.
We used to build and rebuild that bonfire and it grew week by week as more and more was added. I have a vague memory of there being run-ins with the Winterhaye kids. To destroy the others fire was a feather in our caps. The boys may remember more of this. There certainly was a rivalry between the two areas.
I don't remember your accident Marion but you had the perfect parents to deal with it with their First Aid training.
I remember that there was a barbed wire fence across the bottom of the field and we played chicken as to who would jump off first. I'm not sure if anyone did go right through - I bet there was someone.
WELL ARE WE READY FOR JUNE? THERE ARE GOING TO BE SO MANY MEMORIES I'M SURE WE WILL BE UP MOST OF THE NIGHT.
JUST A REMINDER TO GET YOUR CHEQUE OFF TO PETER BY THE END OF THIS MONTH IF YOU CAN. HE HAS TOLD ME HOW DISAPPOINTED HE IS THAT SO MANY HAVE IGNORED HIS INVITATIONS.A REUNION IS NOT EVERYONE'S CUP OF TEA ( I NORMALLY AVOID THEM LIKE THE PLAGUE) BUT IT WOULD BE KIND TO AT LEAST REPLY.
NEVER MIND I'M SURE THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF US TO MAKE THE DAY A SUCCESS.