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Race is on as teams prepare for Hunstanton Soap Box Derby

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Dozens of racers are making final preparations to speed through Hunstanton as the town stages its annual Soap Box Derby this Sunday.

Sixty teams from around the country have signed up to take part in the event, which is sponsored by Searles.

And, as well as the on-track action, a wide range of extra entertainment, including live music, children’s theatre and a gin tent for the adults, will be on offer.

Hunstanton Soap Box Race. (4487884)
Hunstanton Soap Box Race. (4487884)

First run in the 1950s, the derby was revived two years ago and has once again become an important date on the town’s calendar.

West Norfolk Council deputy leader Elizabeth Nockolds said: “The Soap Box Derby was wonderfully successful in 2018, and we’re delighted it’s coming back.

“It will be a day packed with free family entertainment, so make sure you come along and enjoy the fun.”

A new course, which organisers expect to be faster than previous years, has been created for this year, starting from the town hall and finishing at the bandstand overlooking the sea.

Among those ready to try it is well-known Hunstanton resident Patrick Richardson, who won the veteran class last year.

In a nod to the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, he and his grandson Oliver have created an Apollo 11-inspired craft to race this weekend.

He said: “The new course is absolutely brilliant, much faster, much more exciting. I’m hoping they suspend the 30 mile per hour speed limit round here for the day as we expect to exceed that.”

Entertainment on the Green will be open from 11am with the races getting underway at 11.45am.

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