Silver medal for champion Weston sand sculptor

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By Prue_Reid | Saturday, September 01, 2012, 08:54

Weston sand sculptor Nicola Wood has won a top honour in a European competition.

Co-organiser of the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival Nicola was awarded second place at the European sand sculpting championships at Zandvoort in the Netherlands this week.

She collected her silver medal on Friday, August 31, before heading home.

Last week, it was unclear if Nicola would be able to take part, after the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival was badly damaged by vandals.  

The culprits broke in after dark and worked their way around the exhibition, smashing and beheading sculptures as they went. 

Sculptors from various countries were flown in to help repair the damage, enabling Nicola Wood to fly to The Netherlands for the championships. 

Although two days late Nicola managed to 'catch up' with the other sculptors, creating a masterpiece in record time.

She said: "I'm overwhelmed; I was concentrating so much on catching up that I never considered actually winning a prize.

"I am so happy, especially after the sad news at the exhibition back home in Weston." 

Nicola's sand sculpture depicts the story of Robin Hood stealing from the rich, which fits perfectly within the 'legends and sagas from your home country' championship theme.

Amongst the other sculptors there were participants from Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and the Ukraine.

Nicola arrives back in the UK today, Saturday, September 1, to join the team of sculptors currently working on repairing the damaged sculptures at Weston Sand Sculpture Festival. 

A North Somerset Council spokesman said a special tribute event to welcome Nicola back to Weston, honouring her for the achievement of the silver medal is planned.

The entrance price for the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival has been temporarily reduced to £2 due to the vandalism and during the next few days Nicola and others will be doing live demos for the public. 

The festival is located between the seafront office and the SeaQuarium. 

During the past six years the festival has entertained, excited and inspired more than 250,000 people - and this year will be no exception with the addition of special events, extra children's activities, live demonstrations and many ways for people to get involved and create their own works of sand art.

This year the theme is 'fun and games; and depicts traditional childhood games and toys of today.

The festival is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm.

It is due to close on Sunday, September 9.

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