VIDEO: Sandcastle world record attempt in Prestatyn crumbles


Geoff Abbott

A WORLD record attempt to build 2,300 sandcastles in one hour has failed despite hundreds of people making the effort.

A total of 1,596 sandcastles were built on Prestatyn beach on Sunday falling short of the Guinness World record of 2231 by 635.

Rachel Astle who organised the event for Prestatyn Town Council said each castle had to be two-feet high, two feet wide and have four "recognisable" turrets on top.


"I don't think we would have broken the record even with the amount of sandcastles that were disqualified," said Mrs Astle.

"Some weren't high enough and some didn't have enough turrets but they were being blown away by the wind.

"We were literally chasing the tide at the end and we were running around trying to measure them up.

Video: David Francis

"We didn't build enough to break the record but we did sell 760 buckets and spades.

"There was an amazing turnout and of all the events I've organised this one terrified me the most.

"The Guinness Book of Records' rules are so strict and the size of each sandcastle had to be measured exactly.

"I'm so pleased with the amount of people who came especially especially with the weather against us," she said.

Alan Twigg, of Trelawnyd, who joined in the record attempt with his children Charlie, two, and Lily, five, said: "It was a really good day, brilliant for the kids and they loved it.

"We haven't got a clue how many sandcastles we built and it was a shame the wind was so strong.”

Dawn Anderson who attempted the record with her partner Paul Garner and their children Brandon, four, and Jessica, five, said:

"It was brilliant, a great atmosphere and it was overwhelming when we came off the beach and saw what everybody had done.

"I've got blisters on my fingers under my rings because we were going like the clappers."

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