A STUNNING sand tribute has been paid to a soldier who died in the First World War.

Sand artist Gareth ‘DIN’ Evans used Whitmore Bay, Barry Island, to honour Captain William George Williams, of 17th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who died on August 29, 1917.

Members of public gathered to admire the seascape before the tide washed it away on Sunday, November 11.

Barry War Museum volunteer Sue Day said: “After Danny Boyle announced his inspirational project at many beaches around the I thought that it would be a great idea to join in, making use of the lovely sandscape at Barry Island.”

Vale deputy mayor Cllr Christine Cave joined the public to enjoy the impressive work of art before it was washed away by the incoming tide.

Ms Day said the picture was impressive at ground level, but seen from the top of the east shelter it was breathtaking.

Cllr Cave met several volunteers from the Barry War Museum who were dressed in uniforms of the period, adding to the atmosphere of the occasion, and went to see the museum, at Barry Island Station.

Mr Evans, who created the sand soldier, said: “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Sue and Glenn of the Barry at War museum, Barry RNLI, South Wales Police and all the volunteers for the most emotional and respectful day and to all those that came to stand and pay their respects to Capt William George Williams of the 17th Welsh Fusiliers.”