The Lambton Worm, a dinosaur and giant sea turtles were among the sand sculptures at the 2012 Whitley Bay sandcastle competition.
Hundreds of families flocked to the seafront for the fifth year of the annual sand-sculpting contest at the foot of Watts slope.
Despite early setbacks when an unexpected high tide wiped out some of the sand creations, there were around 100 entries by the lunchtime deadline.
A number of awards were handed out throughout the day, with sandcastle and sand sculptures judged separately.
But it was a sculpture of a pirate, complete with a cut-out turquoise paper bird, that won the overall prize for the 2012 contest.
Ms Brown said: "She absolutely loves pirates. She went to a party recently... It was supposed to be a fairy party, so she went as a pirate fairy."
The winning prize was vouchers to spend in Chamber of Trade businesses in Whitley Bay.
Other activities taking place on the day included facepainting, shuggy boats, and pony rides.
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