Crowds enjoy Magdalen soapbox race

If Carlsberg did soapbox rafts...one of the teams at the Cock Up rooster road raft race in aid of National Autistic Society, at the Cock Inn, Magdalen.

If Carlsberg did soapbox rafts...one of the teams at the Cock Up rooster road raft race in aid of National Autistic Society, at the Cock Inn, Magdalen.

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Crowds enjoyed a break from the rain and witnessed some spectacular hay bale crashes when a charity soapbox derby was staged in Magdalen.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch as crazy racers in outrageous, man-powered contraptions careered through the streets at the village’s annual rooster road raft race.

Crowds cheer on a man-made bath raft during the The Cock Inn's Cock Up rooster road raft race.

Crowds cheer on a man-made bath raft during the The Cock Inn's Cock Up rooster road raft race.

The spectacle was the main attraction at the Cock Inn’s second Cock Up family fun day – and is thought to have raised more than £2,400 for the West Norfolk branch of the National Austistic Society (NAS).

Organised by pub landlords, husband and wife Jamie and Tracey Kidney, the day was hailed a huge success.

“It was brilliant, an absolutely fantastic day” said Mr Kidney. “The weather was great for a change and there was such a good atmosphere.”

A total of 12 teams entered the derby, with the weird and wonderful array of racing machines including one with a sofa on wheels, a bus, another made from a fridge and one from a bath, and a Carlesberg raft.

A sofa on wheels careers through the hay bale-lined street during the Cock Up rooster road raft race at The Cock Inn, Magdalen.

A sofa on wheels careers through the hay bale-lined street during the Cock Up rooster road raft race at The Cock Inn, Magdalen.

Father and son team Graeme and Glenn Hamilton lived up to their racing surname and reached the final in their fridge-based raft, Fast Freeze.

They went head-to-head with Colin Thurnell and Joseph Brookes and their wooden go-kart, the Riverbank Racer, but it was a dead heat – with both teams being crowned the champions.

The day also included live music from four local bands, a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, and a barbecue and hog roast, as well as a top prize raffle.

Mr Kidney said he and Tracey were “chuffed” with how much was raised, especially as it raised around £1,000 more than its inaugural Cock Up last year, which raised £1,400 for the stroke unit at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Father and son Graeme and Glenn Hamilton, driving fridge-based raft Fast Freeze, are eventually crowned race joint winner after a dead heat final.

Father and son Graeme and Glenn Hamilton, driving fridge-based raft Fast Freeze, are eventually crowned race joint winner after a dead heat final.

Funds from this year’s event will be added to other money raised throughout the year for the local NAS branch next month after all monies have been collected.

The pub will then choose its local charity to support for 2016 later in the year.

Colin Thurnell and Joseph Brookes, in The Riverbank Racer, are crowned joint winners after a dead heat final with Fast Freeze.

Colin Thurnell and Joseph Brookes, in The Riverbank Racer, are crowned joint winners after a dead heat final with Fast Freeze.