Beach diggers & castle makers
The overcast weather did not keep the crowds away from the beach yesterday as more than 200 people headed to White's Bay, near Rarangi, for the More FM annual Beach Day.
The crowds enjoyed the big dig, searching in the sand for tokens for 100 prizes. There was also the sand-sculpting competition, where sculptures of meteors and mermaids were matched against traditional sandcastles and even a family portrait.
Lesley Schroder, whose family won the family team category of the competition with their lighthouse creation, said the day had been a fun end to a weekend camping at the Bay. The Blenheim family had been to the beach day for the past few years, she said.
This was the first year they had been serious about their entry in the sculpture competition, she said, but they had not expected to win anything and their prize, including a family weekend away in Hanmer Springs, was a huge bonus.
Husband Geoff Schroder spotted the idea for the lighthouse on the internet while trying to come up with ideas for the competition last week, but he said the sculpture had been a team effort with their children Harry, 9, and Flynn, 3, surprisingly good at helping build the lighthouse.
The Marlborough Express