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Sandcastle Challenge 2014 - Children from Ryhope Infant School who took part in the Sandcastle Challenge with Children North Easts celebrity patron Tim Healy

Sandcastle Challenge 2014 - Children from Ryhope Infant School who took part in the Sandcastle Challenge with Children North Easts celebrity patron Tim Healy

WEARSIDE youngsters are building for the future after scooping their latest sandcastle success.

Ryhope Infant School teamed up with Sunderland–based architects Planit Design for the Children North East’s 19th annual Sandcastle Challenge.

This year’s theme was Run, Run, Run – The Great North Run Million, and saw more than 1,500 children from schools across the region take part at Sandhaven Beach in South Shields.

And Ryhope was among five winning schools, which won £200, presented by actor and Children North East’s celebrity patron Tim Healy.

Emma Lumsden, a teacher at the Shaftesbury Ave, school, which has now picked up eight medals in the event, said: “The competition is a fantastic opportunity for the children to work alongside professionals to plan, design and build a sandcastle. They have great fun on the beach and enjoy working as part of a team. We have formed an excellent partnership with Planit Design and look forward to working with them each year.”

Their winning sandcastle featured the Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides complete with Sage, Baltic, Castle Keep, Tyne Bridge and runners.

Clare Stagg, architectural director at Planit Design, said: “This is the 10th year we’ve partnered with Ryhope Infant School for the challenge and we have a great time every year.”

 

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