Life's a beach at Poldhu sandcastle competition: PICTURES

Life's a beach at Poldhu sandcastle competition: PICTURES

Life's a beach at Poldhu sandcastle competition: PICTURES

First published in Cornwall

Beachgoers dusted off their buckets and spades as they bid to be crowned champion of the annual 'Buildmania' sandcastle competition at Poldhu Cove in Mullion.

There were 23 entries and some fierce competition, with the contestants aiming to win some of the prizes on offer.

Creations included sand sculptures of mermaids, a fun fair, a Formula 1 car, turtles, Tintagel Castle and a shark attacking a boat.

The event was organised by 12-year-old Leo Antwis, for the second year running.

Ross Hocking, owner of Poldhu Beach Café, was tasked with the difficult job of judging a winner along with RNLI lifeguard Andy Beswick and Leo himself.

Ross and Leo said: “It was an extremely tough call. There were some amazing sandcastles and we'd all like to say a big thanks to everyone who took part and we hope that next year the competition can be even bigger.”

After much thought the judges eventually picked 'Here Comes Sharkey' as the winner, created by two families from Kent including children Oliver, Eve and Zane. They chose a surf lesson donated by the Dan Joel Surf School.

Other prizes included vouchers from Polurrian Bay Hotel, The Mounts Bay Inn, Mullion Gallery and beach goods from Poldhu Beach Cafe.

The event raised a total of £160, which will be donated to the RNLI.

Leo said: “I chose to donate the money to the RNLI because the lifeguards all work so hard over the summer to keep the beaches of the Lizard safe.”

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