A flashback to a previous soap box derby event. Picture: Matthew Usher

The Seales Soap Box Derby is the latest popular event to be cancelled for this year.

Fifty hand-built karts were due to race in the streets of Hunstanton on Sunday, September 20.

But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the derby has been cancelled in order to comply with government guidelines on social distancing and rules on large gatherings.

Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader of West Norfolk Council and cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said the decision was “hugely disappointing” but the health and safety of the public is priority.

She said: “It takes the teams many months to design and build their karts, some may have already started to work on their vehicles. I look forward to seeing their creations next year when it’s safe to hold this popular event.”

Paul Searle of Searles Leisure Resorts added: “I am very disappointed that this year’s event has been cancelled, an event we have been main sponsors of since its reintroduction. It has proved a great success, given a lot of joy to the soap box racers and the spectators who enjoy the friendly competition.

“The soap box has also given both the competitors and local fundraisers an opportunity to raise money for local good causes as the spectators are always generous in their support of our town. When it returns in 2021 we hope to see an even bigger event, building on the successes of the last few years.”