A flashback to last year’s soap box derby fun. Pictures: Kevin Elfleet

Hunstanton’s soap box derby returns to the town on Sunday after being postponed from last week.

Fifty teams are set to race hand-built karts down Hunstanton’s hilly streets.

This year’s event has been named the Searles Soap Box Derby as coastal business Searles Leisure Resort is the main sponsor of the West Norfolk Council-organised event.

The race was originally due to take place last weekend but was one of a number of local events postponed due to concerns about predicted bad weather.

The family entertainment starts at 10.30am and will include displays, live music, stalls and a gin tent. 

Each team will get two timed runs down the course, which begins in Boston Square Gardens, takes a 90-degree right turn at ‘Crazy Corner’ into Cliff Parade and finishes at the mini-roundabout at the bottom of the hill.

The teams will be competing in age categories of under-13, under-16, adult and veteran. 

The fastest team in each category will be presented with trophies on stage on The Green at 4.45pm.

Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council deputy leader, said: “Last year’s soap box derby was the highlight of our programme of events happening as part of our project to regenerate the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, and this year’s event looks set to be even bigger and better.

“We’ve got teams coming from far and wide to compete, so I hope as many people as possible will come along to cheer them on and join the fun.” 

Roger Partridge, activities co-ordinator for the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, said: “We’ve been working very hard to make this an outstanding event, and I’d like to thank everyone who’s joining in: Searles the main race sponsor, King’s Lynn and District Motor Club, King’s Lynn police cadets and of course, all the staff and volunteers.”