Bracken Cadets will celebrate 80th anniversary

During the weekend of October 15-17, the Bracken Cadets Alumni, along with their families and friends, will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the creation of this Bristol, PA-based junior drum and bugle corps.

Plans were formulated over the past year and a half to include a performance of alumni, a reunion dinner-dance and creating a permanent memorabilia exhibit.

Five rehearsals have been scheduled to prepare for marching in the parade and for the         performance which will be open to the public. The are set for October 2, 3, 9, 10 and 15. The first and third sessions will be at the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation on Cedar Street and the second, fourth and fifth will be at the Lower Bucks County Senior Citizens Building on Wood Street.

Both performances will take place on October 16 in Bristol. Two musical selections are being prepared out of the Bracken repertoire — Smile and With a Song in My Heart. On the day of the performances, a rehearsal will also be held when other selections will be learned.

Commemorative sweatshirts will be the uniform of the day in the corps’ orange, black and white colors.

The dinner-dance will be on Saturday evening at the Regency Room of the Goodwill Hose Fire Company. Alumni from as far away as California and Florida have made reservations and will      represent the corps as far back as the 1930s.

A permanent Bracken Cadets exhibit is planned at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library. Newspaper clippings, photos, home movies, record albums, pieces of uniforms and old equipment are being sought. Items can be sent to Art Younglove, 13 Roslyn Drive, Delran, NJ 08075 or dropped off at the library on Radcliffe Street in Bristol.

Many young men and women went through the Bracken ranks. The organizing committee is looking for names and contact information so that more former members can be notified.

Further information on the reunion can be obtained by calling Arthur J. Younglove at 856-824-9144.