THERE was little danger of the tide washing away the creative efforts of youngsters taking part in an annual sandcastle competition.

The contest was held at the bone dry Eastleigh Recreation Ground on August 17, 1990 as part of the town’s carnival week, with sand specially shipped in.

Entrants were given 40 minutes to display their bucket and spade artistry, coming up with weird and wonderful efforts ranging from a turtle to a wedding cake as well as the more conventional designs common to our beaches.

Everyone seemed to be having a great time, whether they were winners or not.

The event was judged by mayor Peter Hoadley and junior carnival Princess Paramjit Jassal.

The carnival week culminated in the grand procession.