PICTURES: Littlehampton annual sandcastle building competition

Littlehampton East Beach was filled with more than 350 children yesterday for the annual sandcastle building competition.

Organised by Littlehampton Town Council, the competition invited families to build the best sandcastle, before being judged by the mayor councillor Ian Buckland, Littlehampton Carnival’s Queen and Princesses, and Miss Sussex 2016 Victoria Smart.

DM16134580a.jpg Littlehampton Sandcastle Competition.Vic and Emma London and daughter Holly 4. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161108-174636008

DM16134580a.jpg Littlehampton Sandcastle Competition.Vic and Emma London and daughter Holly 4. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161108-174636008

Charlotte Thwaites, two, from Woking, won the under-five category, while the Cottage family won the over-five category with a sword.

For the over-10s, Alice and Natalie Trenchard, 19 and 17, took home the prize after building a crocodile.

Council events manager Sofia Chittenden said: “We want to increase tourism to the town and we have a lovely sandy beach so why not?”

David Kirton, 37, who is visiting from Harrogate, said: “My kids have done it for two years running, and it was the same time as we were coming down this year, so we thought we would give it another go. It has been really fun.”

DM16134585a.jpg Littlehampton Sandcastle Competition. Nick Wenham and daughter Matilda 4. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161108-174711008

DM16134585a.jpg Littlehampton Sandcastle Competition. Nick Wenham and daughter Matilda 4. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161108-174711008

Simon Pal, 45, of Grove Crescent, Littlehampton, added: “I had a day off so I wanted to bring the kids down for this. My wife brought them last year so now it’s my turn.”

Chair of the Community Resources Committee, councillor Billy Blanchard-Cooper said: “It is always wonderful to see families working together to produce a variety of imaginative creations.”

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DM16134620a.jpg Littlehampton Sandcastle Competition. Victoria Smart, Miss Sussex, and winners Alice Trechard, 19, left and sister Natalie, 17.  Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161108-174612008

DM16134620a.jpg Littlehampton Sandcastle Competition. Victoria Smart, Miss Sussex, and winners Alice Trechard, 19, left and sister Natalie, 17. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161108-174612008

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DM16134642a.jpg Littlehampton Sandcastle Competition. Mayor Cllr Ian Buckland with 5s and under winner Charlotte Thwaites 2 accompanied by Connor Reid 11. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161108-174536008

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DM16134626a.jpg Littlehampton Sandcastle Competition. Under 10s winner and judges.  Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161108-174525008

DM16134626a.jpg Littlehampton Sandcastle Competition. Under 10s winner and judges. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161108-174525008