It was a very British scene on Alnmouth beach yesterday afternoon.
Hundreds of people, young and old, had gathered, armed with an array of spades, armfuls of wood and umbrellas to build sandcastles in the pouring rain!
But these were sandcastles with a difference – for on their summits were built bonfires to imitate erupting volcanos.
Alnmouth Volcano Night has become a popular fixture in the events calendar in the village.
This year, 25 teams of 10 lined up along the tide-line to compete for the coveted title.
They had 10 minutes to dig before they could construct the fires and set them alight. As the tide came in, they fell one by one, extinguished by the sea, until just one remained.
The quiz team at the village’s Sun Inn was declared the winner.
The event raised around £350, split between two charities, the RNLI and the Alnmouth Bay Community Rowing Association, which aims to build a St Ayles skiff, a project designed to encourage coastal rowing and racing.