Summer fun at Hunstanton sandcastle competition

RNLI Sandcastle Competition at Old Hunstanton Beach 8-11 Winners:LtoR, Maisy Beales (8), Jack Bowling (10), Poppy Beales (10), Millie Bowling (10) ANL-140814-071236009

RNLI Sandcastle Competition at Old Hunstanton Beach 8-11 Winners:LtoR, Maisy Beales (8), Jack Bowling (10), Poppy Beales (10), Millie Bowling (10) ANL-140814-071236009

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A turtle and a dinosaur were among the more eye-catching visitors to West Norfolk’s coast –but only for a day.

That’s because they were two of the designs dreamed up by participants in Hunstanton’s annual sandcastle competition on Wednesday.

RNLI Sandcastle Competition at Old Hunstanton Beach 12 onwards Winners (Turtle) Helen Peach (13 left) with Gabe Mitchell (10 right) ANL-140814-071225009

RNLI Sandcastle Competition at Old Hunstanton Beach 12 onwards Winners (Turtle) Helen Peach (13 left) with Gabe Mitchell (10 right) ANL-140814-071225009

More than 70 people took part this time around and organiser Lois Carrick said there were some particularly striking entries, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a lifeboat.

The competition is divided into classes for children aged between two and seven and eight and 11, plus a third class for youngsters aged 12 and over, plus adults.

And Mrs Carrick added: “The first prize in the senior category was a very nice turtle with lots of scales.”

The competition, which takes place in the shadow of the town’s lifeboat house, has been a feature of Old Hunstanton’s summer season for more than 20 years.

RNLI Sandcastle Competition at Old Hunstanton Beach 2-7 winner Edward Rhodes (5) in his sand car with Emma Lees ANL-140814-071258009

RNLI Sandcastle Competition at Old Hunstanton Beach 2-7 winner Edward Rhodes (5) in his sand car with Emma Lees ANL-140814-071258009

Competitors are given a square metre of sand in which to create their artworks and can only decorate them with what they find on the beach itself.

Mrs Carrick, who is the membership secretary of Hunstanton’s RNLI branch, said: “It’s very popular with grandparents to come, bring a picnic and watch the children digging and playing on the sand.

“It’s nice to have something traditional like that to do.”

But, as well as offering an afternoon of family fun, officials also hope it can get a more serious message across.

RNLI Sandcastle Competition at Old Hunstanton Beach Willow Browne (6) all ready with her spade and bucket ANL-140814-071309009

RNLI Sandcastle Competition at Old Hunstanton Beach Willow Browne (6) all ready with her spade and bucket ANL-140814-071309009

As well as perfecting their sand creations, the youngsters had the chance to visit the lifeboat house and look at the boat and hovercraft.

The event is not a major fundraiser for the group, but Mrs Carrick said: “It’s a way to raise awareness of what the RNLI does.”

RNLI Sandcastle Competition at Old Hunstanton Beach
Fundraisers for the RNLI (LtoR, Simon French with "Stormy Stan"  RNLI Mascot (Andy Carr) ANL-140814-071400009

RNLI Sandcastle Competition at Old Hunstanton Beach Fundraisers for the RNLI (LtoR, Simon French with "Stormy Stan" RNLI Mascot (Andy Carr) ANL-140814-071400009

 

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