Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Pebblebashing

Last year it had to be postponed. This time we all thought history would repeat itself and indeed the weather forecast was dire for Bank Holiday Monday 25 June, the day chosen for Budleigh Salterton Gala Week’s Pebble Building Competition on the beach at Marine Parade from 10.00 am to 11.55 am.

Happily, Budleigh’s micro-climate played its part and the rain held off.

There were three classes in this event, organized by Budleigh Salterton Lions, with prizes of £15, £10 and £5 offered for the best three entries in each class. One class was for the tallest family-built castle.
Above: The three ages of Man at work






Pebbles, like people, can be big or small.








And, like people, they come in many colours.






Colours can be used to good effect in castle-building.








The second class offered prizes for the tallest castle built by children up to 13 years.








But I noticed some mini-builds.









A father and son are pleased with their stonemanship.
(Yes, that is a boat.) (Sorry!)








Finally there were prizes for the best construction and design.
This was a clever pebble Pingu.






The main picture's a lion.



A sunny beach is a good place to find butterflies









An illuminating concept in pebble construction







Majestic work.
Gala King Benjamin Shiel crowned on the previous day and still wearing his royal sash admires his creation.
The competition was sponsored by Budleigh solicitors firm Symes, Robinson & Lee.
http://www.symesrobinsonlee.co.uk/budleigh.asp

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