Published: Wednesday, 13th September 2017
On Sunday 17 September, Hunstanton will host the 2017 Soap Box Derby. Forty teams will compete to be the fastest as part of a whole day of free entertainment.
The event begins at 10am with entertainment based around the stage on The Green, hosted by KLFM, as the karts undergo safety checks. The Battle of the Bands 2017 runner-up Sam Coe and the Long Shadows, and Battle of the Bands 2017 winner Flint Moore will perform.
Races begin at noon, with each team making two timed runs down the course. The route begins at the top of Boston Square, then takes a 90-degree left turn onto Cliff Parade, takes in a ramp, and then ends at the mini-roundabout.
After the races, spectators are invited to take a closer look at the karts lined up in the holding area by the stage, as the judges deliberate. Children’s entertainment will include inflatables, and a performance from immersive theatre company 'Kidz Party Times!'.
The prize giving will begin at 5pm, with trophies awarded to the fastest junior team, the fastest adult team, and the best-decorated kart. This will be followed by a performance from talented local band Bear Club.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “We’ve had a fantastic programme of events this summer as part of the regeneration of the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, and the soap box derby is set to be a real highlight. We hoped people would be interested in our revival of this seaside tradition, but forty teams signing up was beyond our expectations: we’re delighted! Soapbox derbies were incredibly popular in Hunstanton in the 1960s, and we're hoping that our first modern event can draw a similar crowd. We’d like to invite everyone to come along and line the route, cheer on the brave racers, and enjoy the free entertainment.”
The regeneration of the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens is a £1.3m project funded by the borough council and the National Lottery through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund.