DOZENS of youngsters headed to a carnival committee’s annual sandcastle-building contest.
Children and their parents and grandparents went to the Fish Sands on Hartlepool’s Headland for the yearly competition.
The creative kids conjured up an amazing range of sandcastles complete with turrets and moats.
Two Hartlepool Borough Council lifeguards, Jess Martin and Rebecca Dixon, judged the contest and after much deliberations decided on their favourites from two age categories.
The winner from the five to nine-year-old section was Maddison Rooks, who was pictured with her granddad Peter Rowlands.
And the age 10 to 15-year-old first prize went to Megan Skeet, who was enjoying the day with her sister Helena Skeet.
A spokesman for the Headland Carnival Committee said: “It was a lovely morning down on the Fish Sands, and this part of the carnival always proves popular with children and their families.
“The weather was nice and everyone had a great time. There was lots of effort put into all the sandcastles and apparently choosing the winner was very difficult because they were all so good!”