VIDEO: Sun shines as the seaside comes to town

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The sun shone brightly as the ‘seaside’ came to Wellingborough town centre today.

The town might be more than 70 miles from the nearest beach but for the next two weeks a 130-square metre beach will be located in Market Street.

‘Down on the Beach’ was officially opened by the Mayor of Wellingborough, cllr Graham Lawman, and his consort, at 10am on Saturday morning (August 3).

Cllr Lawman said he thinks the beach is a great idea, and said he hopes the people of the town will enjoy the beach.

He added: “It really brightens the place up, you can see the smile on people’s faces as they are walking by, it’s a terrific idea.”

A number of children were already having fun on the sand during the official opening, and cllr Lawman said he is hopeful the weather will stay nice during the two-weeks, and everyone will have the chance to enjoy it.

The beach is located in the circle mosaic in front of McDonald’s and will be open between 10am and 4pm daily, until Sunday August 18.

Deckchairs, buckets and spades, as well as sounds of the sea, are all on site to help ‘beach-goers’ capture the seaside experience.

Specially-made Wellingborough rock is on sale and there will also be a stilt walker on Saturdays and Sundays.

It has been organised by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District, which stages events to encourage people into the town centre to boost trade.

To see the official opening, and to hear cllr Lawman explain the idea behind the town centre beach, watch the video above.