Wacky racers back on track as Billericay Soapbox Derby returns

Billericay Soapbox Derby course

Article by Ricci Fothergill: Wacky racers braved the Billericay Soapbox Derby which triumphantly returned over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Billericay Mayflower Rotary staged the race Friday, June 3 followed by the Billericay MusicFest on Saturday, celebrating seven decades of music.

Plans to stage the Soapbox Derby in 2020 and 2021 came to a halt due to the pandemic. But this year it was back, with more than 5,000 people attending.

A spokesperson for Billericay Mayflower Rotary said:

“Although there were fewer carts entered in this year’s Soapbox Derby than in previous years, it did give the opportunity for more than one race per cart. In fact, carts were able to have three runs each, with several trophies up for grabs. In between, the crowd was entertained by members of Helen Arber’s Billericay Theatre Group, who put on a great parade, while on stage visitors were treated to Funky Voices, a brilliant Essex-based rock choir. The new MusicFest on Saturday, conceived as a celebration of the Queen’s 70-year reign, showcased seven decades of music. The line-up comprised the Sid Bolan Big Band, the Milkmen, Gunrunner, and a hugely entertaining, local, Abba tribute band that had folk up and dancing to round off the evening.”

Colin Campbell, Mayflower Rotary president and event manager, said:

“We are very grateful to our ‘big eventers’ - Billericay Rotary, Billericay Town Rotary, Basildon Council, Billericay Football Club, and our very generous sponsors, who all did their bit to get these shows on the road. With well over 5,000 people attending Soapbox Derby on Friday, and around 1,500 at MusicFest on Saturday. both events were deemed a great success.”

Article by Ricci Fothergill, InYourArea