THE Farndon Soapbox Derby is returning for a second time this weekend, with organisers hoping for a bigger and better event this time round. 

Hundreds lined the street to watch the inaugural event last year, where teams ran man-made racing karts down the High Street in Farndon. A total of £26,000 was raised for The Hospice of the Good Shepherd - and this year it's back. 

This will be the second year in succession that the villages of Farndon and Holt will have come together to put on a fantastic family fun day event.

The original idea originated during Covid lockdown as a way to support and celebrate the community and get back to ‘normal’... however, the event is a long way from that and is 'totally bonkers' according to organisers. 

The event is taking place on Sunday (September 17) with the first heat set to begin at 11am, with the prizes being handed out at 5pm. The Dee Bridge and the majority of Farndon High Street will be closed from 6am to 8pm. 

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Organisers said: "There are over 30 competing karts from a mixture of local businesses, friends and families and private entries who have built their own Soapbox Karts and have chosen a theme for their own kart and their team who will be competing in three timed runs.

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"In 2022 The Farndon Soapbox Derby raised £26,000 for the Hospice and local good causes and we aim to beat that this year. And that, in part, is what the day is all about.

"There will be collection buckets in abundance and a good mix of food and drink vans and entertainment on Farndon Primary school field, where the competing karts can all be seen between races.

"The event is free to attend but visitors are encouraged to bring lots of spare change, and to give it generously.. this year we need to smash last year’s target out of the park."