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A soapbox racing day looks set to become an annual event after hundreds turned out to enjoy the spectacle at the weekend.

Money is still being counted after the inaugural Cock Up, held at the Cock Inn, Magdalen on Saturday.

But organisers estimate that more than £1,500 has been raised for the stroke unit at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Supporters of the unit staged a bucket collection during the day, which is still being counted.

Eight races were staged on a specially closed course set up outside the pub on Church Road, which was closed for the afternoon.

Landlord Jamie Kidney, who organised the day with his wife Tracey and neighbour Graham Spicer, said: “I didn’t stop crying all day. It’s got to be the funniest thing

A wide range of unusual vehicles were prepared for the races, many of which needed a lot of running repairs during the day.

One, made from several old bicycles, needed several new wheels after they buckled during the races.

And Mr Kidney said: “I’ve got a scrapyard in the corner of the car park.”

As well as the races, visitors enjoyed live music from bands including Dead Horse, Old Versus New and Gifford.

The line-up also included solo singer Grace Burton, whom Mr Kidney said particularly impressed the crowd, adding: “People were raving about her.”

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