Volcano Night – the annual charity bonfire competition on the beach at Alnmouth – is back next weekend.
Teams of up to 10 adults and children bring shovels, wood and matches and are allocated a spot on the beach. When the whistle blows, they have 15 minutes to build a large sandcastle. The next 15 minutes is to build and light a bonfire on top of the sandcastle. Only paper, wood and firelighters are allowed.
Everyone then retires to watch the incoming tide, usually with a picnic. The last fire to be put out by the tide is the winner.
This year, Volcano Night is on Saturday, August 6, with registration on the beach from 4pm. New this year will be a sail past by members of the River Aln Boat Club at high tide (about 6pm). Volunteers are also welcome for beach cleaning at 9am the next morning.
Entry is £10 per team and all proceeds go to the Amble RNLI lifeboat. For a copy of the rules or to reserve a place, email George and Lorna Ternent –firstname.lastname@example.org