Soapbox derby puts Carnival celebrations on track in Cromer

The winner is presented with his prize. Picture: Ally McGilvray

The winner is presented with his prize. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

It is still a relatively new addition to the town's summer festivities but it is already proving one of the most popular.

Competitors had to negotiate a course which included the notorious ramp. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Competitors had to negotiate a course which included the notorious ramp. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Cromer continued the countdown to its annual Carnival with its third annual soapbox derby on Sunday.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Daykin, from King's Lynn, won the Malcolm McGreadie Cup after completing the Runton Road course in the fastest time.

Hundreds of spectators lined the street for the closed road event, with the return of the high ramp causing carnage.

Reflecting on the day, Cromer Mayor John Frosdick, who helped judge the Concourse de Elegance competition, said: 'The weather has been fantastic and it's good to see so many people here - they've had a really good show today.'

Hundreds of spectators turned out to watch the soapbox derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Hundreds of spectators turned out to watch the soapbox derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant


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And he added: 'This bodes really well for Carnival, which starts on Saturday (August 12).'

One of the highlights of the day was a race between North Norfolk News reporter Eleanor Pringle and Editor Ally McGilvray, and it was ladies first with Eleanor completing the course in 37 seconds - a whole second ahead of her colleague.

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Entrants travelled from far and wide to take part in the growing competition, which this year was sponsored by the Westerleigh Group - the company behind the town's new crematorium.

Adam Cock, a 32-year-old crane driver from Boston in Lincolnshire, drove one of the largest karts the competition has ever seen - a Fireman Sam fire engine. And he revealed the fantastic turnout made the four-hour round-trip worth every minute.

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Winning teenager Christopher Daykin, said: 'I've been taking part in the soapbox derby since it start three years ago but this is the first year I have won it - I'm very pleased. The kart is still in one piece so I hope to be back next year.'

The festivities continue in Cromer with the start of Children's Week Two on Monday, August 7, before the Carnival officially gets underway on Saturday, August 12.

Cromer Carnival chairman Tony Shipp added: 'It has been a good event. We've had a good set of entries, both juniors and seniors. There is quite a selection of people from all over the county.

'The second Children's Week will fly by and then we're into the big week and everthihng that happens there, it's just a case of getting on the bus and not getting off until the end of the week.'

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

The timetable for the rest of the week includes - Monday, August 7: 11am on pier forecourt, Chalk on the Prom. Your chance to be a graffiti artist without getting into trouble!

2.30pm at East Beach, Sandcastle Competition, design and build a sandcastle fit for a King or Queen!

Tuesday, August 8: 11am at pier forecourt, Paint a Crab Shell. Paint your own Cromer Crab, shells and paints provided.

2.30pm on pier forecourt, Scavenger Hunt. Come and see what you can find!

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Wednesday, August 9: 11am at pier forecourt, Flowerpot Men. Get crafty with flowerpots! Materials provided.

2.30pm at West Beach, Hunt the Kiddywitches. Bring a bucket and search the rock pools for small crabs. Unlimited sea water available!

Thursday, August 10: 11am at pier forecourt, Record Breakers. Sugar cube stacking, doughnut eating and many more. Take the challenge!

2.30pm at pier forecourt, Make a Carnival Mask. Materials provided.

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Friday, August 11: 11am at pier forecourt, Make Party Horns and Hats. Materials provided.

12.30pm on the pier, Picnic on the Pier - The Pier Bring your own picnic and party away! 1.30pm on the pier, Punch and Judy.

2.30pm on the pier, North Norfolk Duck Race. The one and only famous duck race! Throw your duck from the pier and see how far it will go. Ducks will be available for sale on the Pier Forecourt, throughout the day's events.

3pm on pier forecourt, Family Disco with Captain Fantastic.

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

For a full list of events lot on to the Carnival website - www.cromercarnival.co.uk

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Crowds turned out to watch the third annual Soapbox Derby in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

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