Organisers gearing up for next year’s soap box race

TEAMS of friends and families are being invited for the first time to take part in the Tunbridge Wells Soapbox Stars Race when it returns to the town in 2023.

It is hoped the exciting new addition, which traditionally sees businesses and charities go head-to-head on a track through Dunorlan Park, will raise more funds for good causes and bring an extra twist of fun to the annual event.

The one-day extravaganza on Saturday June 24 has already gone on sale with early-bird tickets for anyone wanting to secure their spot in the crowd and to enjoy a jam-packed family fun day out.

Next year’s event will see over 40 teams – each made up of four adults – given a motorsport division-built chassis by the organisers as part of their entrance fee. They can then ‘pimp it up’ in whichever way they like.

They will then race as fast as they can in time trials round chicanes and over nail-biting jumps on a specially-made racetrack in the picturesque park.

Each team will be asked to reach a target of £500 for Hospice In The Weald – the event’s lead charity, which Soapbox Stars has raised tens of thousands of pounds for since its launch in 2018 – with the option of continuing to donate remaining sponsorship funds to them or a second charity or fundraising project of their choice.

The event – now in its fourth year – will include an exciting family zone alongside the races, with inflatables and a climbing wall as well as a music stage hosted by Tunbridge Wells music festival Local and Live.

TV chef and local personality Rosemary Shrager will also be welcomed back as celebrity host and panto king Tom Swift of Wicked Productions, is to provide hilarious commentary of the wacky races to the crowds.

Organiser Nicole Piesse Turner of media and marketing Chatty Hatter which hosts the event said: “Next year is an exciting one with a few new twists on the traditional set-up.

“The first of our announcements is that due to popular demand, we are opening up the races to teams of families and friends for 2023.

“We realise that it’s not just businesses and organisations who want to come together and raise cash for charity while having fun at this very bonkers event, but mums, dads, children, best friends, old work colleagues, uni pals – we want to open our doors to everyone who wants to be part of it.”

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