Historic tradition of soapbox racing in Hunstanton to be revived

A soapbox derby race in Hunstanton in the 1960s. Picture: COURTESY OF BOROUGH COUNCIL OF KING'S LYNN

A soapbox derby race in Hunstanton in the 1960s. Picture: COURTESY OF BOROUGH COUNCIL OF KING'S LYNN AND WEST NORFOLK - Credit: Borough Council of King�s Lynn & West Norfolk

A historic tradition of soapbox racing in one of Norfolk's most popular coastal resorts is to be revived after a 30-year hiatus.

A soapbox derby race in Hunstanton in the 1960s. Picture: COURTESY OF BOROUGH COUNCIL OF KING'S LYNN

A soapbox derby race in Hunstanton in the 1960s. Picture: COURTESY OF BOROUGH COUNCIL OF KING'S LYNN AND WEST NORFOLK - Credit: Borough Council of King�s Lynn & West Norfolk

Soapbox derbies drew big crowds when they were held in Hunstanton during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Organisers are now encouraging people to build their own karts to race along the seafront for the event on Sunday, September 17, with the aim of attracting big crowds and tourists at the end of the summer season.

Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for culture, heritage and health at West Norfolk council - which is organising the event - said: 'I'm sure lots of people remember the soapbox derbies held in Hunstanton during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

'The events were hugely popular and drew big crowds. We're hoping that our modern version will be just as successful.

A soapbox derby race in Hunstanton in the 1960s. Picture: COURTESY OF BOROUGH COUNCIL OF KING'S LYNN

A soapbox derby race in Hunstanton in the 1960s. Picture: COURTESY OF BOROUGH COUNCIL OF KING'S LYNN AND WEST NORFOLK - Credit: Borough Council of King�s Lynn & West Norfolk

'The soapbox derby will mark the end of a fantastic summer season of events in the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens - so whether you're building a kart to race or just coming to watch, we do hope you'll join us.'

The proposed race route will begin in Boston Square, where teams will gather in the pit area, before turning left into Cliff Parade.

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They will then race all the way down to the mini-roundabout.

Teams can have up to four members, with categories for under-12s, 12 to 15-year-olds, over-16s and over-65s, although each team must have one crew member who is over 18.

A soapbox derby race starts in Hunstanton in the 1960s. Picture: COURTESY OF BOROUGH COUNCIL OF KING

A soapbox derby race starts in Hunstanton in the 1960s. Picture: COURTESY OF BOROUGH COUNCIL OF KING'S LYNN AND WEST NORFOLK - Credit: Borough Council of King�s Lynn & West Norfolk

Entry fees vary between £10 and £15 depending on the category.

Live music and family entertainment will also be held as part of the event.

A prize will be given to the team with the best decorated kart . Even those who do not win will receive a special commemorative sew-on patch.

Rosie Djurovic, Hunstanton Heritage Gardens activities co-ordinator, said: 'This event is going to be so much fun. It'll bring some traditional seaside atmosphere back to Hunstanton.

'You've got plenty of time to build a fantastic kart, so register now, and get started.'

Teams can register and pay their entry fee online at west-norfolk.gov.uk/hunstantonevents

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