Soap box antics at Hunstanton with some of the wacky racing karts. Pictures: Kevin Elfleet

Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Hunstanton to enjoy the return of a Soap Box Derby.

After an absence of more than 50 years, the fun-filled event saw 40 wacky and wonderful karts race in the autumn sunshine.

The course started at Boston Square where the racers had to negotiate a tight left-hand bend into Cliff Parade, then tackle a ramp and a chicane before crossing the finishing line.

West Norfolk Council cabinet member Elizabeth Nockolds said the event was “perfect seaside entertainment” and West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower said it had been a  resounding success.

“It was lovely to see the town packed and buzzing with life,” said Mrs Bower, who added a lot of positive feedback had been received.

Winners on the day were: The Beach Boys (fastest finishers), Midnight Riders (junior winners), Wacky Races (best decorated) and Bathtime Blunders (wildcard award).

The event was part of the town’s heritage gardens activities programme.