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Vrooming great time had by all
5:00pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in Trowbridge
THERE were thrills and spills aplenty during Trowbridge’s annual soapbox derby on Sunday morning.
A crowd of around 150 people turned out to cheer on competitors, during the seventh Hire Standards Soapbox Grand Prix, as they hurtled down Castle Street in their homemade vehicles.
There were 16 entrants in the children’s category and five in the adults’ competition with organisers, the Trowbridge Carnival Committee, declaring the event a resounding success.
Maryrose Mantle, from the carnival committee, said: “It was brilliant we had crowds of people coming from all over. “I’d like to thank all the competitors, Higher Standards, the organising team and of course the crowd who cheered everyone on, making it a simply thrilling morning for all concerned.”
The winner of the junior section was Leanne Price, from Surrey, and her stepfather Colin Hedger tasted success in the adults category.
Mrs Mantle said: “This is the fifth year that Leanne has won and she’s a seasoned soapbox racer now. To mark her success we had a special presentation of a collage of all her previous wins which she really liked.”
All entrants where given a certificate, with winners being given trophies.
The Longs Arms won the new pub section of the derby while Dalton Crew, from Warminster, won the prize for the best soapbox for his black and brown varnished vehicle.
Mrs Mantle said that next year, the committee, would like to involve even more children and encourage more pubs to enter.
Trowbridge’s annual carnival will be taking place on October 19 and in the build up to the event the committee will be holding a country fayre and boot sale, in Trowbridge Park, between 10am and 4pm on September 7.
For more information about selling at the event call Mrs Mantle on 01225 765072.