Villagers gear up for revived derby

David Hutton and Pat Dowler
David Hutton and Pat Dowler

Organisers behind a soapbox derby in Welton are gearing up for the return of the event for the first time in 14 years.

The derby will be attached as part of the wider Welton Fete to be held on Saturday, June 21 .

Many villagers have been feeling nostalgic after the last soapbox derby back in 2000 and it was the memories of the event that has prompted its return.

One of the organisers, Chris Barlow, said: “It was a massive event at the time and a lot of people were talking about it. Even to this day, there are still people talking about it and we thought ‘why not bring it back?’”

There have been 26 applications so far for the derby and Mr Barlow is delighted with the response.

He added: “We have had interest from people as far afield as Buckingham, Bedford, Rugby, Coventry and, of course, Welton and Daventry.

“I think having this event has led to a lot of bonding time between parents and their children. It has been really good for the community and should make for a great day.”

There will be prizes in various categories for the derby including best designed car, fastest speed and the fastest car to finish.

There will be entrants from eight to 11, 12 to 15 and from 16 to 65, as well as pensioners.

Among the other attractions, there will be a mini beer festival at The White Horse pub in the village.

Mr Barlow added: “A big thank you to all of the people who have entered so far and to Halfords in Daventry who will be helping us out on the day making sure the cars are ready,”

Money raised will be donated to Welton Academy and St Martin’s Church in the village.

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