IT will be buckets at the ready for hundreds of South Tyneside schoolchildren tomorrow as they compete in the one of the borough’s best-loved events.
A total of 1,600 youngsters from schools across the region will descend on Sandhaven beach for the annual Sandcastle Competition.
They will be putting their sandcastle building skills to the test in a bid to impress a 25-strong team of judges – including actor Tim Healy.
The annual competition is organised by the charity Children North East and aims to help raise funds and awareness.
Youngsters will supported by more than 120 adults from local businesses who will help children show off their design talents and encourage team-building skills.
This year’s theme is The Great North Run Million.
It aims to celebrate the millionth finisher of the Great North Run half-marathon which was first run in 1981 and is due to be run from Newcastle to South Shields on September 7.
The winners of the sandcastle competition will be announced at the Children North East Sandcastle Ball at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel next Friday.
Senior fundraiser at the charity, Carol Taylor, said: “The event is always really well attended and this year is no exception.
“There will be plenty of children on the beach supported by a pool of volunteers who will all be working really hard on their creations. “It really is a sight to see and well worth the trip down to the beach. The schoolchildren always have a fantastic time.”
The competition has been running in its current format at Sandhaven beach since 2002.
Children North East works with children, young people and their parents who are living in poverty or whose lives are disadvantaged because of family misfortune – divorce or separation, redundancy, long term unemployment, victims of crime, long-term ill-health, depression or post traumatic stress.