THERE were racers from all over the country in Richards Castle to fight it out for honours.

Crowds of people converged upon Hanway Common to see the competitors do battle at the Richards Castle Soap Box Derby.

It is an event that had looked in doubt until new volunteers came forward to ensure that a popular attraction, that has raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes, could continue.

The racers in their various contraptions were the stars of a mostly dull but warm day. For some of them it was just good fun but for many the result of months of work and serious engineering.

As well as the soap boxes there were other related attractions including rally cars, a display of minis, and a collection of vintage scramblers, lorries and tractors.

A bouncy castle and face painting was provided for children and there was plenty of food and drink.

The Teme Valley Band entertained the crowds.

This year the Marches Family Network and the carers groups from Ludlow and Tenbury are the charities that will benefit from the day.