The crowds flocked to Saunton Sands in the sunshine on Sunday to take part in a unique event that commemorated the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Saunton was one of 31 beaches nationwide, and the only one in Devon, chosen to host a sand portrait of a World War One casualty as part of Pages of The Sea headed up by filmmaker Danny Boyle.

It was commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the centenary.

A team of volunteers worked on the Saunton portrait on Sunday morning before the event, which ran in the afternoon.

Thwe picture was that of Captain Ralph George Griffiths Cumine-Robson, who died on December 23, 1914 at the age of 26 and had links to North Devon.

Writing their own messages of remembrance on the board at Saunton Sands to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. Picture: Laura FarmerWriting their own messages of remembrance on the board at Saunton Sands to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. Picture: Laura Farmer

As well as the portrait, members of the public helped to stencil lines of soldiers in the sand. There was also music from Wren Music and a children’s art workshop.

At 4pm, drummers from across the region came together to mark the occasion before a poem written by Poet Laureate, Carol Anne Duffy, was read out by Pilton Community College students.

A spokesperson for Christie Estates, which owns Saunton Beach, said, “When we were first approached by 1418-Now, we thought this project would add an interesting aspect to the 100 year celebrations.

“However, we could not have imagined just how special and poignant the occasion would be.

Writing their own messages of remembrance on the board at Saunton Sands to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. Picture: Laura FarmerWriting their own messages of remembrance on the board at Saunton Sands to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. Picture: Laura Farmer

“It has been wonderful to see so many people, from all walks of life, come to Saunton to remember and to mark the occasion. The organisers have done a fantastic job and the turn out by the people of North Devon has been amazing. “

Drone footage by 14-18 NOW

Writing their own messages of remembrance on the board at Saunton Sands to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. Picture: Laura FarmerWriting their own messages of remembrance on the board at Saunton Sands to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. Picture: Laura Farmer