Entries for a town's soapbox race are open early.

Eastbourne Borough Council said race entries and sponsorship packages are now open for the event on September 24.

More than 10,000 people watched the Eastbourne Soapbox Race last September.

The council said it has opened entries early so teams have more time to design and build their soapboxes.

Entries for last year's event opened in April.

Lead member for tourism and culture councillor Margaret Bannister said: “Last year’s event was a phenomenal success, going viral across social media - we really can’t wait to see what the competitors have in store for soapbox fans this year.

”Planning is already under way and entries are open for teams. With so many spectators lining the route, it’s also an ideal opportunity for businesses to advertise or pledge their support for the event, while also generating a fun team-building experience for staff.”

The Argus: Entries for the race opened last year. Picture by Media AttentionEntries for the race opened last year. Picture by Media Attention

Race entries cost £100 per vehicle (including VAT) and include two downhill runs, courtesy transport back up to the start line, free branded T-shirts and prizes for the fastest run and craziest creations. 

Last year featured entries from businesses such as Visick Cars, Signtek, Environment First, Morrisons, Lightning Fibre, DB Domestics, CDS Electricians, Harman Engineering, Lewis Electrical Services, Defiant Sports, Neptune Design and many more, with some raising money for charity. 

All entries receive mentions across the PA system and appear on the big screen, as well as a selection appearing across social media.