Bank holiday Monday’s Soapbox Derby in Billericay, was another roaring success and a great day was had by the thousands of visitors at Sun Corner.
Thousands had bought tickets beforehand and hundreds more came on the day, some queuing up before the gates even opened. The Rotary President Les Sheppard said: “It is as another spectacular fun day out for the family.
“We’re absolutely delighted with attendance at over 8,000 and the money raised for charity.”
The soapboxes were well-planned and expertly designed.
For the first time, eight members of the public had the chance to ride in a two standard Skeleton soapbox down the track.
After a lunch break which saw crowds being entertained by HAPA Theatre School performers and students complete with a Cinderella horse drawn coach, and the return of Mabel Rogers by popular demand to sing to the crowds.
“Despite the weather thousands of people proved that this is an exceedingly popular event and is close to the hearts of Billericay residents.
“We must remember that we do this all for charity and thank you to everyone who came out to support the day and thanks to the BBC for coming along and filming the racing for one of their TV programmes.
Jon Holly who attended with his family said: “It really is a great day out and something different to watch.”
The Brightside school team said: “The whole team had a great time and we really do appreciate how much effort is involved in putting on the event for our town.”