Building a big beast on the beach

By a County Press reporter

Monday, September 2, 2013


Building a big beast on the beach

Hundreds of people gathered at Appley Beach to form this huge dinosaur shape. Picture courtesy of Visit Isle of Wight.


DINOSAURS may have died out 65 million years ago — but try telling that to hundreds of people who gathered on an Isle of Wight yesterday (Sunday).

Holidaymakers and locals packed on to Appley Beach, Ryde, and became part of the world’s largest 'human’ dinosaur.

In what is thought to be a world first, they got inside a dinosaur shape marked out on the beach to form an 'Everybodysawus’ resembling one of the huge long-necked prehistoric creatures which once roamed the earth.

The event was organised by Roger Crouch, who for the past five years, has masterminded Pirate Day in Hastings, East Sussex, where a record number of 'pirates’ gained the south coast town an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

In 2011, Roger also created the largest human skull and crossbones.

The 'Everybodysawus’ was filmed from the air and will be used to promote the Isle of Wight as the dinosaur capital of Great Britain, through tourism body Visit Isle of Wight.

Other fun activities on the day included Goodleaf tree climbing with dinosaurs, talks from local fossil experts and a fancy dress competition to find the best dressed dinosaur.

Island fossil expert, Martin Simpson who also helped to organise the spectacular event, said he was astounded at the number of people who had shown up to take part.

He said: "Loots of people turned up at Appley to take part. I have never seen anything like it."

See a video below of the dinosaur taken from the air, courtesy of Visit Isle of Wight:

Human Dinosaur from air stabalised from Visit Isle of Wight on Vimeo.

Building the Human Dinosaur - timelapse from Visit Isle of Wight

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