Sandcastles top 200 mark at popular Lido event

MORE than 200 sandcastles were built at the Lido on Thursday as part of the ever-popular Scottish Week sandcastle competition.

The weather couldn’t have been better for this year’s event, which was judged by Peterhead councillor Alan Gardiner.

There were three category age groups for the competition - up to six years, seven to ten years and 11 to 14 years, with the top three awarded medals in each category.

Taking first place in the 0-6 years category was Chloe Strachan with Henry the Hedgehog, while runners-up were Jay Robertson and Halo Hendry with their sand ice-cream. In third place were Daisy Bradford and Claudia Reynolds with cupcakes.

In the 7-10 age group the winning design was by Louise Strachan and Georgia Jack with their gingerbread man, while in second place was a sand version of SpongeBob by Demi Buchan and Kelsie Smith. A Noah’s Ark creation by Sophie Low and Ellie McLean came third.

In the oldest age group, Lauren and Kirsten Haywood took top spot with their Olympic torch, while in second place were Stephanie Buchan and Samuel Banks with gold sticks. A shark designed by Luke and Bethany Duthie was given third spot.

Cllr Gardiner said after the competition: “Standing for election was far easier than judging this today. The competition was really stiff and everyone did a really good job.

“I wish I could have picked more winners, but unfortunately couldn’t.

“It was a great effort and the weather was fantastic for the event,” he added.

Organiser, Matthew Morgan of MegaKids Club, added: “The weather couldn’t have been better. It’s great to see so many people down at the Lido enjoying themselves.

“We’ve had more than 200 sandcasltes to judge this year and it’s been a difficult process for our judge,” he added.