One of the home-made karts which was entered in the soap box derby. Picture: Matthew Usher

The streets of Hunstanton were transformed into a race track for the town’s soap box derby last Sunday.

More than 5,000 onlookers lined the route cheering on participants racing their home-made karts.

There was also family entertainment  with live music, stalls and a gin tent.

The course began in Boston Square Gardens, taking a 90-degree right turn at ‘Crazy Corner’ into Cliff Parade and finishing at the mini-roundabout at the bottom of the hill.

Teams competed in age categories of under-13, under-16, adult and veteran.

The overall winner with a time of 44 seconds was team RNLI, while Team Imperial Leathered won the Concours d’Elegance trophy for the best decorated kart.

The event was sponsored by Searles Leisure Resorts as part of a programme of events for the Huntanton Heritage Gardens project.

Brian Long, leader of the West Norfolk Council, said: “Once again, we had a fantastic day in Hunstanton for the soap box derby. 

“It was great to see all the efforts made by the teams in preparing their karts. It was really difficult to judge a winner for the Concours d’Elegance trophy – which as I suggested on the day translates into Norfolk as ‘the one I liked best’.

“It was also wonderful to see the crowds out on what wasn’t the warmest day in Hunstanton, showing their support after the event had been postponed for a week. 

“Thanks must go to all the volunteers who made the event possible, and I hope we will be able to have as good an event in future years.”

Roger Partridge, events co-ordinator for the heritage gardens, added: “Feedback from participants tells us that they really enjoyed the day and are looking forward to next year’s event. 

“Thank you to all the staff and volunteers behind the scenes who worked so hard to make it a success, to our sponsors Searles Leisure Resorts of course, and to our other supporting organisations: the King’s Lynn Motor Club, the Hunstanton 4T5 Club, Morrisons supermarket, the Police Cadets and Hunstanton Cubs and Scouts. 

“The local community is right behind this fun event, which is great to see.”

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