Look: Thousands flock to Porthcawl Sea Festival and sandcastle competition


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The annual Porthcawl Sea Festival has been declared a success as thousands of visitors poured into the town.

Food stalls, music, folk dancing, a teddy bears’ picnic, Punch and Judy and crazy golf were among the attractions which delighted the crowds on the Esplanade on Saturday .

A sandcastle competition also took place on Friday at Coney Beach.

Andrew Collier, from the Porthcawl Lions Club, which organises the competition as part of the town council-run Sea Festival, said 16 teams of various sizes entered and the standard was so high no overall winner was declared. Numerous prizes were instead handed out to the participants.

About 50 people also took part in the Fish Flip race in the sea, where toy fish race to the finish line.

The Porthcawl Music and Flower Festival was also held on Saturday at All Saints Church, where displays by the Porthcawl Floral Society and Church Flower Ladies, together with a musical mix of instrumentalists and soloists, thrilled those who went along.

Town councillor David Newton-Williams, chairman of the tourism and events committee, said: “We were delighted with the way it went, everybody enjoyed it. In fact, I had one or two people who came up and said ‘why don’t you do this every weekend during the summer?’, not knowing the amount of organisation that had gone into making it happen.”

He added many people also took advantage of the open-top bus and came down into town from the Senior Open golf tournament at the Royal Porthcawl.

“It looked like a seaside resort should look. It really was excellent. There were great quality stalls and it did bring a lot of people into town. We don’t make money, we provide a service for people to enjoy.”

Pictures by David Williams

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/porthcawl-sea-festival-sandcastle-competition-7524693