SPLENDID sand sculptures sat on a sunny stretch of southern shore.

More than 200 youngsters created works of art on Bournemouth beach as part of the fourth sandcastle competition of its kind.

Those on show on August 4, 1999, included a shark seemingly eating a boy, teddy bears and animals.

The imaginative designs were judged by comedian Bobby Davro and former Miss World Ann Sidney.

The turnout for the ITV Meridian Sandcastle Competition was so high that an extra part of the beach had to be taped off to provide the young artists with enough room.

“There was an exceptional standard of sculptures and castles and the winners were given goodie bags, mugs and T-shirts,” said Clare Wyatt, from Meridian.

The overall winner was five-year-old Emma Knowles’ whale.