The picturesque town of Barrow-in-Furness came alive with excitement on 19th August 2023, as CandoFM took centre stage at the much-awaited Barrow SoapBox Derby. Sponsored by BAe Systems and Orsted, this event was a thrilling showcase of creativity, engineering, and community spirit. From the heart-stopping soapbox races to the lively entertainment, CandoFM ensured that every moment was filled with excitement and fun.
The Barrow SoapBox Derby was a collaborative effort between Barrow BID (Business Improvement District) and CandoFM, two entities that have always been committed to fostering local engagement and creating memorable experiences. The event was a grand spectacle that brought together participants from all walks of life, cheering spectators, and a team of dedicated professionals working behind the scenes to make it all happen.
The day kicked off with a burst of energy at the start line, where CandoFM’s very own Pete Murphy and Stu Rogers engaged in lively conversations with the soapbox teams. Their charisma and enthusiasm set the perfect tone for the day’s festivities, making sure everyone was pumped up for the thrilling rides down the soapbox course.
Keeping the audience engaged and informed was the talented commentary team, featuring Russ Palmer, Deb Henry, Emily Smith, Brian Boyd, and Pete Sexton. Their dynamic commentary provided valuable insights into the races, the participants, and the incredible craftsmanship that went into creating these unique soapbox vehicles.
Behind the scenes, the technical crew led by Callum MacWhannell and Mike Hibbert worked tirelessly to ensure that everything ran smoothly. On the camera was Charlie who skilfully captured every twist and turn of the soapbox course, allowing the hundreds of spectators to witness all the action up close.
Jonny Williams and Andrea Williams, the station managers at CandoFM, played an instrumental role in the organization of the event. Their dedication and hard work ensured that every aspect of the SoapBox Derby was meticulously planned and executed. Their efforts were truly commendable and played a significant role in making the event a huge success.
The local businesses that participated in the Barrow SoapBox Derby were more than just vendors; they were an essential part of the event’s fabric from scaffolding to set up. Their involvement showcased the sense of unity and mutual support that defines the town. Attendees could not only enjoy the thrill of the soapbox races and the lively entertainment but also take pride in the fact that the event was a true reflection of their community’s strength.
As the sun began to set, the excitement didn’t stop. The end event party was a celebration of both the soapbox races and the local community. Live music performances by talented local artists lit up the stage, creating a vibrant atmosphere that perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the day.
In the end, the Barrow SoapBox Derby 2023 was an unforgettable experience that showcased the power of community collaboration and the spirit of innovation. Thanks to the joint efforts of Barrow BID, CandoFM, BAe Systems, and Orsted, the town of Barrow-in-Furness came together to create a day of thrills, laughter, and memories that will be cherished for years to come. The event’s reliance on local businesses further highlighted the town’s unity and its commitment to supporting its own, making it a truly remarkable showcase of local pride.