HAVERFORDWEST’S Grand National Soapbox Derby returned to the county town for its third successive year on Sunday, August 19.

The thrills and spills of soapbox racing returned to the tried and tested track of the town’s upper race course, with ‘boxers launching off what has been described as a ‘huge ramp’ as they take on the course.

To make the day complete, there was also family fun, including food and drink, bouncy castles, a tug-o-war and a dunk tank.

The day was run by Haverfordwest Round Table, with support from the town council.

The two groups would like to thank Haverfordwest Racecourse Public Parks Trust for the use of the race course.

Haverfordwest mayor Sue Murray said: “It was really, really good; we were happy to support the round table in doing it, I’m just amazed at all the different creations that were there.”

While there were less watching the thrill and spills of the Soapbox Derby this year, Cllr Murray felt the timing of the event may have played a part.

“I think the numbers were down, but the round table boys had decided to do it in August, they were up against a lot of other events, such as a food festival in Milford Haven, but the numbers were still good.

“Everybody said they had a fantastic day, that’s the main thing, that people enjoy it; there was a lot of hard work done.

“The sad thing is we don’t let children do it because we can’t get insurance; they have to be 16 or over, sadly we can’t get anyone to insure us for the youngsters.”