Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sandcastle replica of Hadrian’s Wall fort Housesteads wins castle visit for eight-year-old

An eight-year-old shingle craftsman has won a trip to a castle after building a sand replica of a Hadrian's Wall fort on a Cornish beach.

Daniel Toll interrupted his holiday to create a model of Housesteads Roman Fort with his mum, aunt and younger sister in an hour-long mould inspired by the Roman soldiers once charged with guarding the wall.

He posted a photo of the work on a Facebook competition page run by English Heritage as part of a search for the country's finest sandcastle sculptures. Judges were sufficiently impressed to grant him a free family ticket to a castle of his choice.

"I like to build sandcastles – we often build towns on the beach," says Toll, who lives in the Devon town of Crediton.

"We found out about the competition when we were having lunch at Tintagel Castle and decided to enter."

He reckons "everyone" should enter the competition, which invites the public to recreate one of England's 98 castles run by English Heritage.

The overall winners will spend a night at Dover, Kenilworth or Pendennis Castle or a ghost tour for six people. The winning entry in the under-12s category will be rewarded with a party at one of the group's larger castles.