Lava, lava laughs at Alnmouth volcano night

The tide comes in on Volcano Night.
The tide comes in on Volcano Night.

A record number of teams competed in this year’s annual Volcano Night challenge, as crowds of people descended on Alnmouth beach.

A total of 35 teams took part in Saturday’s event, which once again proved to be very popular and incredibly good fun.

The ultimate winners, Falsterbo, in confident mood.

The ultimate winners, Falsterbo, in confident mood.

Armed with spades and piles of wood, the competitors had 15 minutes to build a sandcastle and then they had to erect a bonfire on the top.

The winner was the last bonfire to stay alight after the others had sunk into the sea as the tide came in.

This year, the winners were a team called Falsterbo.

As part of the festivities, members of the River Aln Boat Club, which organised the event, staged a sail past at high tide.

Some of the volcanoes still alight.

Some of the volcanoes still alight.

The Volcano Night was in aid of Amble RNLI and raised £400 for the cause.

George Ternent, of the River Aln Boat Club, who organised the event, presents the trophy to the winning team, Falsterbo, whose volcano was the last to be extinguished. The team also received bags of sweets, donated by Puffin Stores in Alnmouth.

George Ternent, of the River Aln Boat Club, who organised the event, presents the trophy to the winning team, Falsterbo, whose volcano was the last to be extinguished. The team also received bags of sweets, donated by Puffin Stores in Alnmouth.

Volcanoes erupt.

Volcanoes erupt.

The digging begins.

The digging begins.