Brighton get sand sculpture festival like Weston-super-Mare

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By Prue_Reid | Friday, November 23, 2012, 11:57

Where Weston-super-Mare leads - Brighton follows.

And now the south east seaside resort is going to get a sand sculpture festival just like the Somerset one.

But they will have to import the sand as Brighton is famous for its pebble-covered coastline.

For the past seven years Weston-super-Mare has hosted a sand festival which has been seen by more than 300,000 visitors.

The 2012 theme Fun And Games embraced childhood games, modern toys, arcade amusements, board games and the wider world of sport.

But the summer wasn't without its challenges.

Torrential rain, vandals the beheading of the queen sculpture making the organisers nearly miss the  European championship trophy and the 4,000 tonnes of sand transformed into giant works of art.  

Nearly 50.000 people came to admire and have their photo taken with the exhibits and take part in the sculpting workshops.

Despite the vandalism which necessitated CCTV being installed the summer event was so successful it got extended until the  end of September.

The Brighton theme park will be similar to one which is run in Weston.

The plan to create a sand sculpture theme park on disused land near Brighton beach.

Brighton and Hove City Council has approved the temporary use of the former Black Rock swimming pool site.

The park would open from April to October and be similar to the one run by the same organisers in Weston-super-Mare.

Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival believes 100,000 visitors could come to the Sussex version.

A permanent use for the site is still being sought.

Geoffrey Bowden, who is the chairman of the council's economic development and culture committee, said: "We're confident this attraction would increase the numbers of people going to the eastern part of the seafront and that other businesses there will benefit as a result."

The Black Rock site has remained vacant since the old swimming pool was demolished in the 1970s.

In July, the council rejected modified plans for a scaled-down arena on the site and agreed to look for new development ideas.

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