AN Extravaganza! That is what the Rotary Club of Billericay’s 2019 fourth Spectacular Soapbox Derby is promising in 2019.
“By the time the first soapbox races down “Thunder Road” on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, everything will be in place for a day of excitement, fancy dress and fun. And it is all about raising money for good causes.”.
Last year, the event attracted the magical figure of 10,000 spectators which enabled the Club to raise its total charity proceeds to £95,000 since the inaugural event in 2016.
This year the designated charities are: Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Rotary’s End Polio Now, Ciamanda School, Kenya, Little Haven’s Childrens Hospice, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and, again, local schools.
President Sheppard adds: “We are looking to make 2019 a record year on all fronts, more entries, more spectators and, thereby, more money for our chosen charities. It’s going to be a great family day out.”
Prices are £4.00 single or £14.00 family ticket – two adults and two children – and children two and under come free. Leave it to the day or the last 24 hours and it is £5.00 single, no family discount.
They can also be brought from local Billericay shops and pub outlets including Newsagents & Off-Licence, 9 Radford Way, Ashton Charters estate agents, Cellars Newsagents in Western Road, Creatures Great & Small, Fisher, Jones & Greenwood (Solicitors), Slipped Discs and Brown Sugar, The Railway pub and The Red Lion pub.
In addition, Club members are visible in Rotary tabards outside Peter Robinson in Billericay High Street and outside the Co-op at Queens Park every Saturday from 10.00am to 3.00pm selling tickets. Stop, chat and hear all about the event and buy tickets.
“Space is limited, and a ticket guarantees admission, avoids disappointment on the day and enjoys fast track entry at the gates,” says president Sheppard. “So, message is book early, book now.”
On the day
By 09.00 am on the day, the crowds will have begun to enter the course in London Road, Billericay from Sun Corner to the winning arch just short of Western Road.
There are three categories: Corporate – police, fire service, companies, shops, industry; Student – schools and colleges.
Entries from Colchester Royal Grammar School, Shenfield High School, Quilters Junior School, Brightside Primary School and South Green Junior School, and everybody’s favourites the Wacky Racers.
The Wacky name entries include The Bumblebees, The Squirts, Complete CAR-nage (back by popular request). There will also be the return of some old favourites and first sight of the new hopefuls.
Multi-colour designs and even more multi-coloured fancy dress. All will be lined up in the pits and dancing their teams away down the starting ramp.
Entertainment on the QE 11 Field at Sun Corner will see two great performers on stage, wonderful singer Mabel Rogers, again back by popular demand and the HAPA Performing Arts School, a new theatre company who will be planning 20 minute sets with parades and performances full of West End colour, music and dancing including from the “Lion King”, the “Pirates of Penzance” and, hopefully, a show based on “Les Miserables”.
The lunch interval has been increased to allow the performers more time and all the fans more time to take advantage of the increased food and drink outlets.
The large video screen will allow everyone to see the racing, the soapbox designs and fancy-dress drivers can be visited in the pits and the children’s playground will have bouncy castles and other attractions plus full first aid and safety measures.
Spectators have said that it is a fantastic family day out and the community spirit of Billericay is excellent. It gets bigger and more entertaining every year keep going for it.” This year the exciting event has also caught the eye of BBC producers.
It has been confirmed that the BBC’s popular CBBC programme “All Over The Place” will be taking part on the day.
Anyone turning up on the day to watch the racing or enjoy the family fun on the QE11 Field could be caught on camera and appear in the programme.
Teams or supporters who come along should be aware that they may be caught on camera and appear in the BBC programme.