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Get Your Entries Ready As Rathcoole Carnival Gears Up!

06 July 2015

photo from the launch
The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg and representatives from Rathcoole and the SPARK project check out a gyder made by pupils at Ballycraigy Primary School in Antrim ahead of the Soap Box Derby coming to Rathcoole on 15 August. Pictured are: Mark Palmer; Cllr Paul Hamill Chair of Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership (RNRP); Scot McClean, Mark Gillen and Mark Johnston from the SPARK project and Cllr Billy Webb, Vice Chair RNRP.


Rathcoole residents are being invited to build their own guider to compete in the “Great Rathcoole Soap Box Derby” which will take place on Saturday 15th August.

Teams are encouraged to make their own soap box and race it down Green End with crowds cheering you on.  Prizes will be awarded for the fastest and wackiest design. If you are at a loss on how to make your own vehicle then local group Newtownabbey Men’s Sheds will help you construct it. The race will take place at 3pm, so now is the time to get started in the garage! 

The Soap Box Derby is just one of a host of events taking place on the Saturday as part of the SPARK week of activities from 10-15 August throughout the estate. Organisers are also seeking local traders, crafts people and artists to sell their high quality hand-made designs and goods on the day.

Mark Johnston, Abbots Cross Presbyterian Church/SPARK project pointed out;

"This is a collaborative event that we have organised with Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Community and Physical Sub Group. We are looking forward to everyone joining us for a great family day out and hope local families and organisations will take advantage of the wide range of entertainment and activities on offer and hopefully build a car to take part in the race.”

For information on the full week’s activities or to enter a guider team or book a craft stall contact Sara Barkley T: 028 9034 0197 or Mark Johnston T: 07736769744.