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Mermaids, moon landings and the Sheringham sinkhole among the entries in carnival sandcastle competition

PUBLISHED: 18:25 03 August 2019 | UPDATED: 18:29 03 August 2019

Nine-year-old triplets George, Alice and Milly, with sister Ella, 11, who entered Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition with their seashell and flag creation.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Nine-year-old triplets George, Alice and Milly, with sister Ella, 11, who entered Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition with their seashell and flag creation. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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There was sunshine, smiles and sandcastles galore, at the opening day of Sheringham Carnival, which saw families turn out by the dozen to enjoy events ranging from music from Norfolk Wherry Brass Band on the promenade, to the traditional carnival car boot sale.

The Ward family with their moon landing sandcastle competition entry.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe Ward family with their moon landing sandcastle competition entry. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Creations from mermaids and sea serpents, to cars and boats featured in a sandcastle competition, which also included a depiction of the Apollo 11 moon landing complete with kitchen foil Neil Armstrong, and even a couple of Sheringham sinkholes.

Bridget Raby, from London, who has won two previous sandcastle competitions with her husband Michael, daughter Sarah and seven-year-old grandson Wilfred, said: "Our family has had a holiday home in Sheringham since 1947 and we wouldn't go anywhere else - it's unspoilt, it's a proper seaside town and we love it."

Five-month-old Emmett Ward having fun on the beach at Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFive-month-old Emmett Ward having fun on the beach at Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Thanking all those who took part, carnival committee member Della McClean said: "We were really pleased with the turnout, there's a lovely atmosphere and it is wonderful to see so many families enjoying the sunshine."

Sheringham Carnival continues tomorrow (August 4) at the Leas clifftop gardens from 11am, with attractions including children's activities, charity stalls, a climbing wall, a Yak 52 air display and Newfoundland dog rescue demonstrations, with the crowning of the carnival queen at 2pm. For more information, pick up a programme from the carnival caravan in High Street or visit the Sheringham Carnival (official) Facebook page.

Nine-year-old Wesley Halesworth (left) with pals Jamie and Maddie Smith.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLNine-year-old Wesley Halesworth (left) with pals Jamie and Maddie Smith. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Raby family with their Sheringham sinkhole sandcastle.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe Raby family with their Sheringham sinkhole sandcastle. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Laura Rea (left) with daughters Bella and Maggie and friend Debbie Bennett and her son Charlie, who created a Sheringham sinkhole sand sculpture.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLLaura Rea (left) with daughters Bella and Maggie and friend Debbie Bennett and her son Charlie, who created a Sheringham sinkhole sand sculpture. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Deborah Carpenter, from Norwich, who entered Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition with her daughter Ruth, 10 and son Gabriel, 7.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDeborah Carpenter, from Norwich, who entered Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition with her daughter Ruth, 10 and son Gabriel, 7. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Max and Isabella Harrison working on their Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition entry.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLMax and Isabella Harrison working on their Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition entry. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Five-month-old Emmett Ward and brother Thomas, 4, having fun on the beach at Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFive-month-old Emmett Ward and brother Thomas, 4, having fun on the beach at Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Five-month-old Emmett Ward having fun on the beach at Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFive-month-old Emmett Ward having fun on the beach at Sheringham Carnival sandcastle competition. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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