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Great fun was had by all at the first-ever ‘Nitwit’ soapbox derby at Niton Recreation Ground earlier this month.

Council Leader and ward councillor, Dave Stewart, was amongst those supporting the event on 1st September, bringing the villages of Niton and Whitwell together.

The event was the brainchild of Local Councilor Jon Beaulie-Goad, who worked with Andy Dorning from South Wight Area Youth (SWAY) to develop and deliver the project.

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8 budding Grand Prix drivers from Niton, Whitwell and surrounding areas created and built their own racing vehicle over the summer and raced them around the course on the recreation ground.

Around 50 parents and supporters gathered to watch and encourage all the participants.

Councillor Stewart, who was asked to start the races and award the winning medals, said:

“Fun is important – and volunteers like Jon and the many other parents who attended enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining afternoon on a sunny Sunday. We hope this will be an annual event and will encourage even more competitors in future”.

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