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Old Hunstanton sandcastles create memories and a competitive spirit





The annual sandcastle building competition in Old Hunstanton arranged by the RNLI Guild committee had a great turn out of budding architects.

Some of the young people had been planning their designs for days before putting their theories into construction.

Organisers had to move the cordoned patch a few times as part of the beach was wet and muddy, but the conditions seemed good, pebbly, but holding together.

Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach..Winners of the 2-6 year old section, LtoR, Eden Butler, Bella Di Clemte Martin, Luci Butler, Rowan Butler, sitting in the Sandcastle Model Lifeboat.MLNF-21PM08038
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach..Winners of the 2-6 year old section, LtoR, Eden Butler, Bella Di Clemte Martin, Luci Butler, Rowan Butler, sitting in the Sandcastle Model Lifeboat.MLNF-21PM08038

Once the starting whistle went there was much activity: digging, collecting water, finding decorations in the sand and trying not to step on anything.

Borough mayor Harry Humphrey and mayoress Brenda judged the three age categories and he said: "I am amazed at the imagination and creativity of this sandcastle competition."

Indeed there were some imaginative sandcastle creations in the different age groups two - seven, eight to 11 and 12 and overs which included tunnels and moats, rabbits and a speedboat, an island . Even a stegosaurus.

Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.One of the sand creations.. A Crocodile.MLNF-21PM08039
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.One of the sand creations.. A Crocodile.MLNF-21PM08039

Attention to detail using shells, feathers and adding names to the sandcastles was noted by the judges.

With some 40 children from toddlers to young teenagers the atmosphere was that of excitement and enthusiasm. One sandcastle had the added touch of a live jelly fish.

Jane Jestice, box secretary at RNLI Guild committee, said: "It is lovely to see all the children together enjoying themselves in a traditional activity. Last year was cancelled due to Covid-19."

Cindy Cook, chair of RNLI Guild said: "I love this, it is such good fun watching the kids have a good time and the weather has been kind. It is lovely to see this number of people out."

Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach..Time for a Holiday Selfie, LtoR, Jamie Devlin, Jake Devlin, Chris Swale, with Borough Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Harry Humphrey, Brenda Humphrey. MLNF-21PM08040
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach..Time for a Holiday Selfie, LtoR, Jamie Devlin, Jake Devlin, Chris Swale, with Borough Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Harry Humphrey, Brenda Humphrey. MLNF-21PM08040

John Butler is on the crew of RNLI and members of his family won first place in the two to seven age group.

He said:"This year has been really good and the Guild do a lot to fund raise for the RNLI and the station. RNLI also run Storm Force club at 10am every Sunday in the Summer holidays where the volunteers talk about sea safety."

Many of the mums and dads were coaching their family members from the sidelines and the event had a friendly competitive spirit.

Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach..Borough Mayor Cllr Harry Humphrey chatting to some of the Sandcastle Competition Entrants. MLNF-21PM08042
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach..Borough Mayor Cllr Harry Humphrey chatting to some of the Sandcastle Competition Entrants. MLNF-21PM08042

Sarah Jane Gates, who once lived in Hunstanton and was visiting on holiday, was delighted that his daughter Lottie won first place in the eight- to 11-age group said: "It has been really fun, I am very proud, super proud."

Kate McNally whose daughter Elena Lopez is 8 years old said: "She has been so excited, she paid to enter the competition with her own money."

Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach. MLNF-21PM08041
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach. MLNF-21PM08041
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Jake Devlin (6) with his Sandcastle .Picture Paul Marsh. MLNF-21PM08043
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Jake Devlin (6) with his Sandcastle .Picture Paul Marsh. MLNF-21PM08043
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Eden Butler (3). Picture Paul Marsh. MLNF-21PM08044
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Eden Butler (3). Picture Paul Marsh. MLNF-21PM08044
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Jess Scott (13) with her Sandcastle. MLNF-21PM08045
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Jess Scott (13) with her Sandcastle. MLNF-21PM08045
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach, these girls busy Sandcastle building. MLNF-21PM08046
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach, these girls busy Sandcastle building. MLNF-21PM08046
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Competition gets underway. MLNF-21PM08047
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Competition gets underway. MLNF-21PM08047
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Competition gets underway. MLNF-21PM08048
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Competition gets underway. MLNF-21PM08048
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Luke Norman (5) with his mum Katie Norman. MLNF-21PM08049
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Luke Norman (5) with his mum Katie Norman. MLNF-21PM08049
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Competition gets underway. MLNF-21PM08051
Hunstanton RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton Beach.Competition gets underway. MLNF-21PM08051


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