The sun is out and the temperature has just started creeping above freezing, so Brighton is preparing for the summer season.The seaside city today put the finishing touches to a series of music-themed sand sculptures ahead of a major exhibition that will last throughout the spring and summer.
The international Sand Sculpture Festival starts on Monday and 4,000 tonnes of sand were shipped into the city in preparation, with 20 artists working to create sculptures of the world's most famous musicians.
The theme for this year is a Sing-a-Song of Sculpture and The Beatles, Beethoven, Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley and Adele have already taken shape in the Black Rock area of the coastal city.
Co-organiser and sculptor Nicola Wood said: "A lot of people are convinced that we mix cement or glue into the sand. They are wrong. It really is just sand and water. The secret is in the preparation. It takes a great deal of strength and endurance to compact such volumes of sand."
Co-organiser Alec Messchaert added: "We have 20 of the best sculptors in the world here in Brighton so we are confident that our debut exhibition here will be a hit."
The exhibition continues until September 30.