Unusual sandcastles including drunken pirates, Scrabble boards and elephants were sculpted on Croyde beach yesterday in a bid to win the UK National Sandcastle Competition 2013.
The national competition attracted thousands of people to the North Devon beach with 12 separate teams all vying to be crowned champions.
The teams included staff from Parkdean, the owners of Croyde beach, North Devon Homes, Applegate Directory Ltd, James Electrical, City Link, Portmore Golf Club, North Devon Hospice, North Devon Theatres, Billy Budds in Croyde and Pearce Construction Ltd.
The event, which is in aid of North Devon Hospice, has traditionally been held on Woolacombe beach but this year Croyde has been the venue with North Devon Homes running the show.
There has also been the introduction of junior teams of which there were eight.
Michelle West, from North Devon Homes, was at the event as a member of the company’s two entered teams.
Her team were creating a series of animals from the sand in their allotted plot.
She said: “It has been going really, it did seem a lot easier when we have been practising though. It is just getting the proportion of the things right.
“The junior teams have been a real hit this year and we have had loads of sponsorship so hopefully we will have raised a lot for the hospice.
“We panicked a bit last Sunday when it was raining so much but luckily today it has been just right no rain and not too hot for everyone digging.”
North Devon Homes' Scrabble sandcastle being made:
Steve Payne, from the marketing department at Applegate, was part of the company’s team creating cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants sandcastle.
He said: “We came up with idea a while ago as we thought it would appeal to the kids and it would be something they could relate to.
“SpongeBob is sitting on a sofa in the middle of the sea.”
The youth club from Whiddon Valley in Barnstaple had entered three junior teams who were creating a star fish, snakes, butterfly and minions from Despicable Me.
One of the team members Sally Chinn, 9, from Barnstaple, said: “It has been really fun, I want to do it next year too, it has been good trying to adjust the body of our sandcastle to make it look right.”
The team from James Electrical has taken the competition seriously and have been practicing their sandcastle making technique on Instow beach.
Will Parsley, from the company, said: “We have designed a drunken pirate with his chest dug up in the sea.
“This is the first time we have done it and we have been practising on the Instow, I think so far it is going quite well.”