Hosts take home the first prize

Hosts Bamburgh WI earned top spot in the annual WI sandcastle challenge earlier this week, whose theme this year was the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Institute.

Seven institutes from around Northumberland took part in the contest which took place on the beach with Bamburgh Castle in the background on Monday afternoon.

WI sandcastle challenge at Bamburgh'Picture by Jane Coltman

WI sandcastle challenge at Bamburgh'Picture by Jane Coltman

With the centenary being the theme, the sculptures ranged in design from birthday cakes to jam and Jerusalem.

But Bamburgh WI came out on top with the judges as their sitting pelican referred to a specific moment in the history of the WI.

One of the judges, John Woodman, county councillor for the area, said: “All were good; the difference was that although the others celebrated the WI and its activities, the Bamburgh sculpture picked on an important campaign – Keep Britain Tidy – 
that was initiated in the 
1950s by Northumberland 
WI and which was still 
relevant today.”

Bamburgh WI started the ball rolling in 1954 and the campaign was taken up by the Government of the day with the pelican used on one of the Keep Britain Tidy posters.

WI sandcastle challenge at Bamburgh'Shilbottle WI with their celebration cake.'Picture by Jane Coltman

WI sandcastle challenge at Bamburgh'Shilbottle WI with their celebration cake.'Picture by Jane Coltman

WI sandcastle challenge at Bamburgh'Trustees Arthur, Sue Malloy and Dorothy Sowerby show the changing fashions over the years.'Picture by Jane Coltman

WI sandcastle challenge at Bamburgh'Trustees Arthur, Sue Malloy and Dorothy Sowerby show the changing fashions over the years.'Picture by Jane Coltman