Soap box derby races into village

A soap box derby will return to the streets and hills of Welton this year after an absence of more than 11 years.

The Welton Soap Box Derby will run on Saturday, June 21 as part of the village’s fete.

Chris Barlow, one of the members of the fete organising committee, said: “A lot of people in the village remember the last soap box derby, so we thought why not bring it back for this year’s fete?

“The course will start at the White Horse pub in the village. It’s a push start for the length of the pub – from gable to gable – then nature takes over in the form of gravity.

“The course runs down hill along High Street, through the bend near the church, there’s then a sharp left-hander, and the finish will be near The Paddock.

“Races will be against the clock, but there will also be points for creativity in the design.

“Halfords will be helping us before the race to make sure the soap boxes meet the regulations. Cummins is entering a cart that did very well in a previous event and is building one for the children at the Welton Academy to drive. In fact, we want to get more schools involved.”

Categories will be ages eight to 11, 12 to 15, 16 to 65, and, if there is demand, ‘pensioners behaving badly’.

Mr Barlow said: “The races will run along with the rest of the fete, which will be centred on the pub, church and village hall. There will be all the types of things you’d expect at Welton’s annual fete, which we brought back into the heart of the village from previous years when it was up on the playing fields.”

Application forms for the soap box derby can be obtained by emailing or calling 07968 056741.