Castle and sculptures constructed on beach

Hundreds of people armed with buckets and spades put their ‘construction’ skills to the test.

More than 150 castles and sculptures caught the eye in the annual sandcastle competition held on Whitley Bay beach.

Among the designs were an ice cream with flake, dinosaurs, whales and a lighthouse.

Organised by Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade with support from North Tyneside Council, the event last Sunday featured traditional entertainment with Shuggy Boats, face painters and appearances from popular children’s characters.

Entries were judged by North Tyneside councillors Eddie Darke and Sandra Graham with prizes donated by local businesses awarded to the winning creations.

June Tolson, from Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade, said: “It has been another great turnout for our 7th annual free competition and it is great to see so many children, parents and grandparents join in and have fun.”

She added: “We are extremely grateful for all the help and assistance given by Chamber members and their families and we can’t wait for next year.”