Life’s a beach as sand sculptors get creative at Old Hunstanton
Tortoises, crocodiles, mermaids, octopuses and fortresses were just some of the designs crafted for a sandcastle competition at a West Norfolk beach last weekend.
The Hunstanton Royal National Lifeboat Institution sandcastle competition raised awareness of water safety and the lifeboat service as well as enabling participants to show off their skills at Old Hunstanton beach.
Split into three age categories, the competition prize-winners were Lucy Major (2-7-years), Rory and Lily Stimpson (8-11) and Jamie and Lucy Strawson (12 plus).
For the first time ever, there were also two adult entrants with organiser Deborah O’Brien saying this is something they are looking to develop.
This year the competition was moved to a Sunday rather than midweek due to tides and other events taking place.
Mrs O’Brien said: “It was the same day as the Hunstanton Kite Festival so there were maybe less people than normal, and it was very windy.
“But we still had a good crowd, which was made up largely of holidaymakers.
“The event is held just to raise the profile of water safety and the RNLI as well as putting something back into the community because people are very supportive.”
Participants were allowed to be as imaginative and creative as they wished with there being no set theme. As a result various designs were created.
Organisers said the quality and range of designs were “fantastic”.
Vouchers for the RNLI shop at Old Hunstanton Beach were handed out to the winners.
And staff at the RNLI were on hand to assist with the running of the competition.
“The lifeboat staff were very helpful marking out the pitches for the sandcastles, and giving out water safety leaflets at the end,” Mrs O’Brien added.
Entry for the competition was £1 per person with the event running for roughly an hour on Sunday afternoon in front of the boathouse.