Can’t put the soap­box derby

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made to look like an ele­phant.

Sec­ond was pi­rate ship The Black Pearl, run by the Newchurch Ne­an­derthals with Frozen’s Olaf, run by Fire­fight­ers Dan Laven­der and Mike Pit­ney, claim­ing third place.

The team be­hind box cart The Cal­ley­well Flyer pro­vided the day with the old­est and youngest com­peti­tors – Frank New­ing­ton, 81, and his teenage grand­son, Matt. Mr New­ing­ton won the race in 2000.

Mr MacRae, founder of the Ash­ford Lions, who helped or­gan­ise the event, added: “The day went very well. It was wet, but the weather was the one thing we couldn’t con­trol.

“We had 31 en­tries in the end.

“Kelly Ish­er­wood de­serves credit – she was our sole lady driver. Peo­ple re­ally en­tered the spirit of the thing. Some cars were built for speed and some for en­ter­tain­ment.”

Other at­trac­tions in­cluded a fair on the green, mu­sic, go-karts for chil­dren, food and drink and per­for­mances from skate­board­ers, Thanet Dogtown. Money raised will go to the Pil­grims Hos­pices, Ald­ing­ton Vil­lage Hall and Ash­ford Lions Club char­i­ties, although a to­tal is not yet known.

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This colour­ful jumbo en­try keeps the crowds en­ter­tained

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ma­chines

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Newchurch Pi­rates

Tyler Chap­man, aged four, is in con­trol

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This cart is trac­tor pow­ered

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Six-year-old Archie Lee gets be­hind the wheel

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Crowds lined the Forge Hill route in Ald­ing­ton

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Un­der­go­ing fi­nal prepa­ra­tions

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