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London Olympics sandcastle demolished as soon a photographers leave

by | 18th, April 2012

THE massive Olympic sandcastle on Weymouth beach has been knocked down. The castle that took four days tom make – erected to mark 100 days to the start the London 2012 Olympic Games – has been bulldozed.

A spokesperson for Weymouth and Portland borough council banged on about it being an “iconic photo image”.

Everything is “iconic”, even a sandcastle that stood for a few hours. It was not iconic. It was a thing to see – a thing that will seen only on postcards saying ‘Come to Weymouth – Home of Official Olympics Long Jump Sand’.

The local wonk added:

“As a safety precaution the sandcastle was dismantled immediately after the photo shoot. Images of the sandcastle have generated media interest across the globe and have helped to secure significant coverage for Weymouth and Portland and Dorset, showcasing the Jurassic coast, the historic Georgian esplanade and the golden sands of Weymouth beach. Paid for by Locog, the image has secured tourism coverage valued way in excess of the cost of building the sandcastle and staging the photo shoot.”

Sand artist Mark Anderson added:

“Demolishing it was all part of the plan because there would have been health and safety issues. People could have injured themselves so there would be no way we could leave something like that.”

And with that sandcastle that cost £5,000 to build is smashed to bits. What’s left is very possibly iconic…



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