CARNIVAL: Big D will be sorely missed by Carnivalites across the county
THE Carnival community in Bridgwater and the rest of the county has been left deeply saddened at the news of the death of a larger-than-life Carnivalite known as Big D.
Tributes have poured in on social media channels in memory of Andrew White, better known as Big D, a long-standing member of the Bridgwater-based Marketeers Carnival Club, after it was announced he had passed away earlier this week.
Bridgwater Carnival spokesman Chris Hocking said: “Big D – or Big Derick to give him his full title – was the name Andrew was best known by his friends in Carnival, in particular by the members of Marketeers Carnival Club where he was a giant of a man, not just in stature but also in his huge commitment to the club.
“He was a gentle giant, full of fun and always ready to lend a hand wherever possible.”
Mr Hocking added: “Andrew was a Marketeer through and through and therefore had very little involvement with the actual Bridgwater Carnival Committee, although he did still help us out on a few occasions when we needed a driver for our Guy Fawkes tableau cart.
“He was a character who you would instantly recognise and his familiar face on the Carnival circuit will be sorely and sadly missed by the Carnival community.”
Marketeers’ captain Alan Windsor said Andrew joined the club in the mid-1990s and had been a “fixture of the club” ever since.
“Over the years he has cut 1000s of miles of steel for our entries and has previously been awarded the Vivian and Alec Bosley Shield for Dedication to the cart building,” said the spokesman.
“He was also a vital cog in the Marketeers CC road crew team who ensured the safety of both the cart and personnel.
“He will be hugely missed for his effort, work rate and most importantly his personality.”
Mr Windsor added: “Andrew was a giant of a man in more ways than one and was extremely popular amongst other Carnival clubs as well as being adored by our own membership.
“He was a lorry driver by trade and had previously worked for the Milk Board and Wisemans dairy, before his current job driving a refuse lorry. From what I hear he was very popular amongst his work colleagues.”
Mr White leaves behind his mother, sister, brother-in-aw, niece and a whole host of friends both from inside and outside of the club.
Other clubs have been quick to pay tribute to the popular Carnivalite.
A spokesman for Gremlins Carnival Club said: “Awful news – condolences to Marketeers CC.”
A spokesman for the Ramblers Carnival Club added: “Thoughts with our good rivals and friends at Marketeers CC at this time. So sorry to hear the news.”
A spokesman for the British Flag Carnival Club said: “We are deeply saddened by the news of the loss of Marketeers member Big D.
“Our love and condolences go out to his friends and family at this tough time.”
Tributes have come in from clubs outside of Bridgwater.
A message from the Masqueraders Carnival Club, of Meare, said: “We are very sad to hear of the passing of true Carnival friend known to all as Big D.
“He was literally a larger than life man with an even bigger heart who would help us on many hours of need in November.
“Our thoughts go out to his family. It won’t be the same.”
A message from Ilminster’s Harlequin Carnival Club added: “Our condolences to Marketeers CC at this very sad time.”
PHOTOS: RIP Andrew White - better known as Big D.