Sandcastle competition on Woolacombe beach
GIANT turtles, a huge bottle of beer and even Michael
Jackson all made an appearance at the ever-popular UK National
TREE-MENDOUS: The Enchanted Wood entry from AA Engineering which took second place. Picture: 0807-37_24
TURNING TURTLES: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Actaro, part of the third-placed entry by a team from Actavis. Picture: 0807-37_07
NO NEED TO BLUBBER: A Team from Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park who created A Whale of a Time. Picture: 0807-37_15
FIGHTING CHANCE: The Knockout by Ilfracombe firm Pall. Picture: 0807-37_22
BRILLIANTLY BEACHED: This immaculate dolphin won first prize for Peter Charles-Thorne. All pictures: Mike Southon 0807-37_17
JACKO ARRIVES: A team from Devon Coast to Coast Challenge created Michael Jackson Does North Devon. Picture: 0807-37_14
ISLAND DREAM: Ilfracombe Round Table with Fantasy Island. Picture: 0807-37_10
KEEPING COOL: A team from North Devon Hospice made an igloo, called Cool As Ice. Picture: 0807-37_12
Sandcastle Competition on Woolacombe beach on Sunday.
Hundreds of people graced the slightly damp sands of
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Woolacombe to see some amazing sand sculptures crafted by local
teams, such as Actavis in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe Round Table,
and Lantern FM, as well as some entries from as far away as
Despite gloomy weather forecasts, the sun decided to rear
its head just as digging began.
Ali Hunt, event organiser and community fundraiser with
North Devon Hospice, was determined to get the event off the
ground this year, come rain or shine.
She said: “The attitude was, let's just go for it.
“We had to cancel the event twice last year due to rain but,
as we all know, the weather forecast isn't always terribly
“The week before this year's competition I'd contacted the
Met Office and checked loads of weather websites, all of which
claimed it would be an awful day.
“It turned out to be great though and we really were blessed
with the weather.”
Crowds of holiday-makers and locals alike turned up to watch
the 18 teams slowly transform piles of sand into finely-crafted
After three hours of digging, smoothing and painting, the
judging was handed over to North Devon Journal
editor, Richard Best, and proprietor of the Red Barn, Angus
First place went to Peter Charles-Thorne, from Paignton, who
was a late entry, turning up just hours before the competition
was due to start.
His immaculate dolphin creation, which was smoothed off with
a feather, drew a huge crowd all day.
Angus said: “The first place was a unanimous choice.
“To think that this guy just turned up on the day and ended
up winning is amazing and he definitely deserved it.
“The standard this year was very high and showed a great mix
of enthusiasm and general ability.
“With Lantern providing the music and plenty of people
around, it turned out to be a great family day out and I'm glad
it's fast becoming a regular addition to the Woolacombe
Second place went to regular competitors AA Engineering for
their Enchanted Wood entry and third place fell to Barnstaple's
Actavis team for their family of giant turtles.
Ali Hunt added: “Everyone did a great job with their castles
and I was particularly impressed with the North Devon Hospice
entry as this was the first year you could really tell what it
“So far it looks like we have raised more than £3,000 for
the North Devon Hospice which is fantastic.
“To see so many teams turn out on what was due to be a very
rainy day is great and really showed the Great British summer