Guernsey staycationers took to the beach armed with buckets and spades yesterday to try their hands at the Sandcastle Competition.
The traditional competition is a favourite among extended Alderney families who return from the UK each year to battle it out at theseaside contest.
This year the beach at Braye was principally the domain of visitors from Guernsey and they produced some skilful entries.
The Hill-Tout family were part of a 50 strong group – nicknamed the Alderney Invaders – spending their main summer holiday on Alderney.
They formed several early household bubbles on Guernsey before inter Island travel was allowed. After the Hill-Touts suggested coming to the Island for Alderney Week other families jumped on board.
Some of their children moulded a depiction of the Channel Islands as their entry in the youngest category. They said they had been inspired by feeling lucky to live in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Father-of-three Laurence Hill-Tout said:
‘We couldn’t go anywhere else, the weather looked pretty good so a few of us decided that we would come up here en masse, 45-50, of us, to see what Alderney Week was all about. We’re all having a really really good time and the kids are enjoying it especially when they win something like this.
‘It’s a beautiful, beautiful island. I’ve been a few times before but I thought it would be a lovely place to have a holiday this year and I’m really glad we came.’
In the group category the visiting Bowen family sculpted a boat called Bugsy, with Gannet Rock in its wake. Theirs was a highly organised and very determined effort.
Edward Bowen said:
‘I last won the Alderney Week Sandcastle Competition in 1993 and I came back to the sandcastle competition with my children. Having practised on beaches in Guernsey we are really going for glory. We’re having a great time – the hospitality has been fantastic.’