MORE than 100 Troon children turned out on the hottest day of the year for a fun event which has now become a fixture on the summer calendar in the community, writes Stewart McConnell.

Troon South Beach played host to a beach dig on the Sunday after school returned following the summer holidays and some 102 kids from across the community enjoyed taking part.

Mums, dads and grandparents also turned out to support the event, which was also staged last summer and is based on similar ideas in Australia and New Zealand..

And there would have been even more people in attendance had it not been for the massive traffic jams from Ayr to Troon which were caused by roadworks at Monkton.

This caused gridlock on the roads for much of the afternoon and lengthened journeys considerably, with some cars taking 70 minutes to make the journey.

Organiser Campbell Malone said: “The event was a big success and everyone enjoyed taking part.

“Thanks to everyone for coming along.

Winner of the Best sand sculpture was Kaleb Thornhill, whose uncle, Russell Cowan made the winning entry, which was a turtle.

He was presented with a large box of chocolates which could be shared with family and friends.

Each child received a bottle of water, packet of crisps, packet of sweets and some fruit.