Ian Powers kindly sends in some old photos of Uncle Stan’s Sand Service. Ian writes:
My Aunt Jennet was a mission nurse in India during WWII, she married the mission Chaplain, Stanley Royal and in 1952 they brought Uncle Stanâ€™s Sand Services to Hoylake.
The day started with setting up the canvas screen etc. in front of the paddling pool, facing the promenade so as many people as possible could see the service. At 2pm there were beach games followed by the judging of a sand castle competition. Then at 3pm there was a service consisting of a Bible story presented by a big blonde guy with a booming voice. He used fuzzy felt characters on a school blackboard to relate the story. My Uncle Stan is the balding guy with his hands on his hips, and he is also in the second photo helping me to build a sand castle (I never won the prize, there was no insider dealing!)
Here is the second photo that Ian mentions: