AFTER a scare about its survival the Richards Castle Soap Box Derby will be a highlight of this weekend.

It had been feared that the annual charity charge downhill in boxes on wheels would be a thing of the past.

But after a successful appeal for new volunteers it will be all systems go on Sunday (July 13).

Taking place at Hanway Common, the annual community run event attracts a huge crowd who come out to watch the thrills of soap box racing and at the same time help to raise vital funds for the event’s local charities.

“Last year we appealed for more help to put on the day and save the event,” said Humphrey Salway, chairman of the organising group.

“We were very grateful for the considerable support that we received so thank you to all our volunteers, whether new or long serving.

"It’s going to be a fantastic day and we hope to raise lots of money for the local carers charities.”

This year there is a great line up of soap box carts both out to race and entertain with their novelty designs, plus an arena packed full of displays and food and drink.

All proceeds from the event go to charity, so far the event has raised more than £60,000 for local charities. Going into its 11th year organisers are raising money for local Carers Association Groups and the Leominster based Marches Family Network.

Throughout the day there will be entertainment on offer with children enjoying the bouncy castle and slide, jousting and Robin’s roller coast ride. There will be displays and parades including rally cars, vintage tractors, mercia minis, vintage scramblers plus a car boot.

But the main event is the soap box racing along a 500 metre course with a drop of 50 metres making it a steep descent.

The event starts at 10am with entrance costing £5 and children under 16 years of age free of charge.

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