Bamburgh Beach sandcastles delight the judging panel in annual competition

Bucket-and-spade artists were out in force as the much loved sandcastle competition on Bamburgh Beach was a great success again.

By Tony Gillan
Saturday, 10 August, 2019, 08:00
Sand castle champions the Rawlings family with the Davies family.

Twenty teams came from as far afield as Dublin to compete in two different categories: best sand castle and best sand sculpture.

In the shadow of Bamburgh’s famous and very real castle, the Rawling family claimed the best sandcastle title with their appropriately medieval-style structure, complete with moat, turrets, baileys and battlements.

The judges declared the best sand sculpture to be a hippopotamus, perfectly named Doug and created by the Cowen family, who had made the 130-mile journey from their home in Harrogate to take part. Other sculptures included a turtle, a crab and a giant ice cream cornet.

Both winners were given a goody-bag containing all sorts of treats for children and adults. In keeping with Bamburgh’s environmentally friendly principles, the goody-bags were made from cotton. They depicted a seabird choking on plastic.

The slogan on the bags read: “Puffin hell! Bamburgh says no plastic.”

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The competition was organised by the Bambugh Women’s Institute. Committee member and organiser Judy Cowen praised the high standard of the entrants.

She said: “It’s always amazing; particularly this year. We hope all the teams taking part enjoyed themselves as much as the organisers did.”

Everyone was grateful that the weather held out.

Judy added: “We were very, very lucky with the weather. It was cloudy, but it didn’t rain until after we had finished at 4.30pm. Then the heavens opened!”