Crowds brave rain to cheer Trowbridge's Soapbox Grand Prix

The CS Bowyer team after their entry won the best decorated soapbox category. Picture by Trevor Porter (50204)

The CS Bowyer team after their entry won the best decorated soapbox category. Picture by Trevor Porter (50204)

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by , Senior reporter for Trowbridge

Crowds braved the rain to watch competitors hurtle down Castle Street in Trowbridge for the eighth annual Carnival Soapbox Grand Prix on Sunday.

The action-packed event, which raises funds towards Trowbridge Carnival, invites creative people, young and old, to compete in homemade vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

This year’s grand prix saw 10 entrants in the children’s category and five entrants in the adult category, with dozens of residents turning out in the rain to cheer on the competitors.

Maryrose Mantle from the town’s carnival committee, which runs the event, said: “It went very well, despite the rain we had at the start of the day. Everyone came out in support and I want to thank all those who came along.”

Michael Bowden, from the Longs Arms pub, won the adult category and 12-year-old Will Lennox, from Trowbridge, was victorious in the children’s race, while funeral directors CS Bowyer won the prize for best soapbox with its coffin design.

There were also prizes for Molly Morris, 10, from Westbury, who won best fancy dress and William Kettley, from 1st Westbury Scouts, who won the Against All Odds category for recovering after crashing on his first run.

Nigel Hemmens, vice chair of the carnival committee and organiser of the soapbox derby, said: “Considering the weather, we were very surprised about how well it went. This was the first time we have had rain since we started running it.

“I thought it might be a disaster when I saw the weather, but everyone had a really enjoyable day and it ended up being as good as if it had stayed dry.

“There were also some very good times recorded.

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“I want to thank everyone who came out, and the event sponsors Hire Standards in Westbury.

“We are also grateful to the Rotary Club of Wessex Mead, who helped with the stewarding.”

The event also included a demonstration by six-year-old Westbury karting racer Enzo Toms, who has gained an international following through his Facebook page 'Enzo CRG Racing'.

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9:00am Thu 28 Aug 14

Colin60 says...

Oh dear what will CS Bowyer Funeral Directors come up with next to get some free publicity in the Wiltshire Times. We already have had Pancake Race - Photo Competition - celebrating a Funeral Directors 50th birthday - open day with ride in horse drawn hearse to name a few. But think the coffin soap box just hits an all time low of bad taste. Think a funeral direcor should show some signs of respect and dignity.
Oh dear what will CS Bowyer Funeral Directors come up with next to get some free publicity in the Wiltshire Times. We already have had Pancake Race - Photo Competition - celebrating a Funeral Directors 50th birthday - open day with ride in horse drawn hearse to name a few. But think the coffin soap box just hits an all time low of bad taste. Think a funeral direcor should show some signs of respect and dignity. Colin60
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7:18am Sat 30 Aug 14

Bee Happy says...

I am in total agreement with Colin60. Whilst I have a huge sense of fun which I hope will be reflected in my funeral, I feel funeral directors have a certain standing in the community and should behave with decorum. they are dealing with people at the lowest time in their lives and if this company had recently conducted a funeral for a loved one of mine I would be beside myself if I saw this.
I am in total agreement with Colin60. Whilst I have a huge sense of fun which I hope will be reflected in my funeral, I feel funeral directors have a certain standing in the community and should behave with decorum. they are dealing with people at the lowest time in their lives and if this company had recently conducted a funeral for a loved one of mine I would be beside myself if I saw this. Bee Happy
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