Duxford derby delivers dosh (for cancer charity)
The Duxford soapbox derby was started in 2013 by friends who wanted to do something in memory of Phil Hill, a village resident who had a life-long love of motor-racing. The derby course runs from the John Barleycorn round the village to the Plough, and on Sunday was basking in hot sunny weather and good humour. As most of the children are back at school this week it was a sort of glorious last hurrah for the holidays. As well as the beer (people were queuing to get into the Plough to queue for the bar) and the pizza and ice cream and pulled pork buns, there was a raffle and an auction and face painting for children laid on by Sabrina and her team from the Heathfield Heart charity.
Last year the soapbox derby raised over £12,000 for Cancer Relief and the hope is that more will be raised this year - the event is the culmination of a series of fund-raisers including a casino night and quizzes etc. Local firm Hexcel Composites (they make the highly specialized adhesive that glues the nose cones onto aeroplanes, among other things) were the winners. Best fancy dress went to the Flintstones duo.
Local MP Heidi Allen started the races off, waved through the winners with a chequered flag and then awarded the prizes. A brilliant day. More pics at Cambridge News here https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/gallery/duxford-village-soapbox-derby-winners-15102660