Celebration of sand sculptor at Mayor's Parlour

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By Prue_Reid | Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 08:35

Sculptor and co-organiser of Weston Sand Sculpture Festival Nicola Wood has been honoured in a ceremony at the Mayor's Parlour.

While many of us struggle to tip out a bucket of sand and mould it into a castle Nicola and her team have carved some amazing 'fun and game' theme structures on Weston's famous seafront.

And last month in The Netherlands Nicola was awarded a silver medal at the European Sculpting Championships.

But she nearly didn't make the competition after vandals wrecked the Weston exhibition and Nicola was forced to stay behind and help repair the sculptures.  

Happily Nicola who was representing the UK made it to the final days of  competition and won silver despite having 48hrs less carving time than the other participants was victorious.

On Tuesday evening this week in honor of Nicola's win councillor David Hitchins arranged an honorary reception to celebrate the win and thank Nicola and the team for the fantastic seaside exhibition.

Mr Hitchins said: "We are very excited to have Nicola and the team here in Weston, what they do is incredible.  

"Nicola has promoted Weston-super-Mare at every opportunity and for that we want to thank her.

"We at the town council and North Somerset Council want to keep the festival here in Weston and will do all we can to support it."

Mayor civic officer Chris Millard said: "The sand sculpture festival has been a success in a summer which has seen many of our attractions struggle against the weather."

Mr Hitchins presented Nicola with an embossed certificate of recognition along with a hand carved town council plate. 

Other guests at the VIP reception included representatives of Weston's hotel and restaurant businesses and the  chamber of commerce.

Nicola said: "I feel at home in Weston.  

"This exhibition means a lot to us all and we desperately want it to stay.  

"This kind of recognition and support gives me confidence that the festival can continue."

The festival with is located between the seafront office and the SeaQuarium.will now stay open until Sunday, October 28.

Its opening hours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm.  

Tickets are £3.50 for adults, £3 for concessions, £2 for children and £10 for families.

Since the attack by vandals security lighting has been stepped up in addition to CCTV.

For more information see www.westonsandsculpture.co.uk or call 01934 626982.

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