The "bathtub of doom" was a new addition to the wacky community event which sees skiers with ice cubes strapped to their feet negotiate the washing up liquid lubricated 21 metre slope.
Many of them end up on their backsides listening to laughs, cheers and witticisms aimed in their direction. Compere Robin Hutchinson again gently poked fun at the entrants, including MP Edward Davey who he described as "slightly faster than a giant guinea pig". The Liberal Democrat cabinet minister had just completed the course in a quicker time than Adam Lewis, the landlord of the Lamb pub, who was dressed as a giant cuddly rodent. Members of Surbiton Women's Institute proved their antidote to fuddy-duddyness by climbing into the bathtubs containing rubber ducks and careering downhill before thudding into reinforced crash mats.
Events organised by Homage de Fromage appear to have an ability to get the most cynical and world weary Surbitonians doing and saying the silliest things, dressing up and joining in comic chants. When an adjucation was needed, the crowd was asked to intervene by the yays screaming "cabbage" and nays shouting "broccoli".
The whole event was in aid of Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice in Hampton and Creative Youth. To donate visit http://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/donate or http://www.iyafestival.org.uk/donate