On a very special day for one of the Sand in Your Eye family, James Haigh married his lovely wife Emma and a big congratulations to them and their family. But while Jamie and Claire celebrated, Jo, Richard and myself headed over to Scarborough for a hard days digging to make an interactive sand sculpture for the opening of Coventry University’s new Scarborough Campus.
We arrived early to set up and negotiate with the donkeys for some space on the beach as we were sculpting on the dry sand with an incoming tide. Fairly confident that we were safe from the waves, we began compacting the sand ready to make an old fashioned school desk that people could interact with at the end of the day.
We got to carving the desk with Jo working on a stack of books to go alongside the sculpture but put them precariously close to the big incoming waves at high tide driven by the windy conditions. There were only a few rogue waves that got close but we soon diverted them with a small emergency trench!
There was a great crowd all through the day and we finished just in time for the university professor to sit at his desk with some graduates to get their photographs taken. As we were packing up, it was lovely to see many children enjoying the sculpture, sitting at the desk and running round the books and the scroll. Richard did a great job on his first sand adventure and earned his fish and chips as well as a good sleep in the van on our way back to West Yorkshire!