West Sands, St Andrews - Pages of the Sea


On 11 November 2018, gather as a community on West Sands Beach, St Andrews, to say thank you and goodbye.

Please note: this is a drop in event, there is no pre-booking or registration. Suitable for all ages.

West Sands Beach, West Sands Road, St Andrews, KY16 9XL

Sand Portrait

Dr Elsie Inglis lived from 16 August 1864 to 26 November 1917. She made her name as a pioneering surgeon and as a suffragette, and did much to improve medical care for women. She also set up hospitals to treat thousands of injured men in brutal conditions on the European front line raising the equivalent of £53m to support the work through women’s suffrage organisations.

On The Day

In addition to the large-scale sand art, the public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.

Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the moment, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day

Location Details

Time: 12 – 2.30pm

Access: Via West Sands Road (near Sea Shell Cafe)

Parking: Beach Car Park

Catering: Sea Shell Café (cash only)

Toilet Facilities: Public toilets available, 30p charge

About Pages of the Sea

Film-maker Danny Boyle invites you to join him in marking 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War. Pages of the Sea is a unique moment to say goodbye, together, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.

You’re invited to beaches across the UK where, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, watch as it’s washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.