We said that 2017 was the best ever, but 2018 has topped it!
The sun shone, the north sea sparkled, the beer was on ice; a perfect scene in lovely Frinton for our annual Sandcastle Competition.
The theme was Transport, so plenty of scope for the teams taking part to demonstrate just what an imaginative and creative bunch they are, all within 25m²!
The hosting DCP team, took their inspiration from this week’s RAF Centenary Flypast – a Red Arrow!
Last year’s winners, the lovely ladies from Harp Interiors, also took to the skies, figuratively, in a beautifully sculpted hot air balloon, complete with basket and passengers.
A hot air balloon, was just one of 5 modes of transport featured in an amazing scene of the Orwell Bridge created by Nicholas Jacob Architects. The other four? A plane, a lorry, a boat and a bicycle.
Team Purcell‘s spaceship had crash-landed to great effect, just short of the local UFO hotspot in Rendlesham Forest. (Fortunately their drone didn’t go the same way, thank you, Craig, for the fabulous drone photo.)
Their’s wasn’t the only form of transport to come to grief on the sand. Holmes & Hills speedboat had suffered a ‘Jaws’ attack that left it’s captain ‘bobbing’ perilously in shark-infested waters.
Speed was also the subject for Birkett Long and Ellisons.
Team Birkett Long produced a Formula 1 car, and also did their bit for the environment when some beach combing yielded various items for the dashboard and an ‘exhaust pipe’.
Team Ellisons created an impressive Porsche – that sat 9??? Inspired use of seaweed for the windscreen wipers, guys!
Horse power of a gentler nature was the theme for Rose Builders. A brilliantly detailed sculpture in relief of one of the original forms of transport; a cantering horse, sporting flying seaweed mane and tail.
With building time up, the really hard work of the afternoon got underway – judging. And for that very tough job we were delighted to welcome Councillor Iris Johnson, Mayor and Councillor Jack Robertson, Deputy Mayor of Frinton & Walton Town Council. Picking a winner was predictably tricky, but in the end it was Rose Builders who came out on top, with Birkett Long coming in second.
A huge thank you to all the teams who entered into the fun and to Councillors Johnson and Robertson for judging the competition – it was a fantastic afternoon