Matthews family Exmouth success

PUBLISHED: 18:21 05 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:44 17 June 2010

THE Mathews family from Sidmouth were toasting the life of Westcountry artist Beryl Cook after their sand sculpture of one of her fat women won them a prize at the Exmouth Festival. Lorna Mathews, 41, her husband Peter and daughter Amy, 16, moved from Ott

THE Mathews family from Sidmouth were toasting the life of Westcountry artist Beryl Cook after their sand sculpture of one of her fat women won them a prize at the Exmouth Festival.Lorna Mathews, 41, her husband Peter and daughter Amy, 16, moved from Ottery St Mary to Alexandria Road, Sidmouth, at Easter, and have taken part in the sand sculpture contest during the festival since its inception.This year they were joined by their aunt, Mary Grail from Exmouth, and friends from Banbury and Buckfastleigh to help sculpt Fat Sue, based not on Lucian Freud's painting but on a Beryl Cook character.Entitled Shape Shifters, a Rubenesque woman in a swimming costume, won them £25 after being judged the most imaginative. With the Westcountry artist's death recently, Mrs Mathews said: "It was a retrospective tribute but unintended, it is such a shame. "When we moved we found the £100 cheque we won in 2006. Once this has been reissued we will use that and the winnings this year to go out for a meal with our friends and will give a toast to Beryl Cook as well.

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