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Hogwarts Express

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.

And the sun even shone some of the time! But the spectators at the Rotary Club of Billericay’s Soapbox Derby didn’t need the sun as they enjoyed the fourth annual Derby.

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.”

Over 30 new soapboxes amazed the crowds with their designs, delighted them with their costumes and amazed them with their performances and entertainment.

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.

Soapbox Organising Committee member Peter Greene said: “We are delighted so many people turned out on such a cold day to see the Rotary Club of Billericay’s Soapbox Derby.

“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.

What did the spectators think? “Brilliant day. Wonderful organisation. Thank you, Rotary Club of Billericay.”

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.”

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