PICTURE SPECIAL: Fun in the sun as the seaside comes to Harborough

It’s about 70 miles as the crow flies from Market Harborough to the nearest seaside.

But don’t despair; for a few days in August, the seaside comes to Harborough in the Harborough by the Sea event.

Busy scene on the Square during Harborough by the Sea.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-150408-150912001

Busy scene on the Square during Harborough by the Sea.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-150408-150912001

Deck chairs and a huge sandpit occupied The Square and there was a host of events from Punch and Judy to an historic treasure trail.

Cllr Blake Pain, leader of Harborough District Council, said: “Harborough by the Sea 2015 has been bigger and better than ever.

“The sandpits are always popular, but there has been so much more to enjoy this year, with thousands of visitors coming to the town for all kinds of fantastic activities, music and competitions.

“A lot of hard work goes into the organisation of the event which provides not only great entertainment for everyone, but also a boost for local businesses.”

Weekend visiotrs were delighted. Sian York, from Kibworth, was sitting in a deck chair with two month old daughter Emilia in a pram, and six-year-old Harry in the sand.

“It’s a brilliant idea” she said. “We were in Harborough anyway, and just saw the sand was here”.

“We’ve been here since 9.30” said Sarah Chantler, from Market Harborough, at around noon, with her son Kai (four) still playing happily in the sand. “We’ve seen the Punch and Judy in the Memorial Gardens too. It’s a really good thing.”

“It’s pretty crowded, the weather’s good, so it’s perfect” said James Mitchell, who was at the ‘beach’ with his daughter Helena Mitchell (three). “Living so far away from the sea, it’s good to have something like this.”