Morecambe Seaside Festival enjoyed by thousands

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Thousands enjoyed traditional seaside pleasures at this weekend’s Morecambe festival.

The annual Sandcastle Festival saw Europe’s leading professional sand artists, ‘Sand in your eye!’, create an array of expertly crafted sculptures.

Particularly pupular was one of Cedric Robinson, Queen’s Guide to the Sands, to mark the publishing of his new book, ‘Time and Tide’, which was launched at the festival on Saturday.

Samba band Batala were a favourite on Sunday along with the Sandcastle Competition which saw 26 teams do battle for first place.

The winning team from each category won £50 cash with prizes for runner- up.

As the sun shone, hundreds of children enjoyed shows by local children’s entertainer Harvey Rush, donkeys rides, face painting, fairground rides, mud dipping with the RSPB, and games and sports provided by the council’s sports development team.

Over at the Winter Gardens guests enjoyed a trip down memory lane at the Vintage Village Hall Tea Room.

Staff from Morecambe’s Visitor Information Centre were kept busy and dealt with more than 900 enquiries during the Lancaster City Council-organised weekend.

Coun Ron Sands, Cabinet member with responsibility for tourism, said: “It was a wonderful weekend and great to see Morecambe so busy and packed with people, especially families, enjoying themselves.

“This included some who had decided to stay overnight in the town to lap up everything that was on offer on the Saturday and take part in the sandcastle building competition on the Sunday.”

Sandcastle Competition results:

Open Category: 1 Two Beauties and a Beast – Vicki Pilling, Roco and Tim Burrows; 2 Super Slimmers – Bernie Speakman, Cameron and Nicola Beirne, and Bernie Pullan; 3 Pocket Aces – Rob and John Downey.

Family and under 12s: 1Tidy Builders – Simon, Vincent, Nancy and Lizzie Richardson; 2Tiger – Tianann and Heyi Li, Zhen Yao and Wu Feng Yan; 3 Cakes r us – Sharon, Penny Stuart and Cameron