Banksy of the beach creates sand portrait of presenter


Sand artist Theo Shields, aka ‘Beach Banksy’, braved the Scottish elements and delivered a mammoth portrait of Scottish presenter Neil Oliver on Belhaven Beach.

BBC Coast presenter Neil was happy to lend his well known ‘face’ to Sport Relief and encourage the people of Scotland to enter the Sport Relief Mile in Glasgow and Edinburgh on Sunday 25th March.

Battling against the tide, fading light and unpredictable Scottish weather local Edinburgh College of Art student Theo Shields, 20, unleashed his creativity and captured the presenter’s trademark locks in 24hrs – using only a rake and a few helpers along the way.

Theo Shields braved the tide and unpredictable weather to create the portrait


With the seagulls screaming overhead and tensions running high until the end, Theo came up ‘rakes’ and successfully completed the whopping 44 metre by 44 metre portrait well before sundown.

Neil Oliver said: “I couldn’t be happier to show my support for Sport Relief, although having my face stamped on the rugged coast is certainly a first! I urge everyone to get involved and enter the Sport Relief Mile in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

By getting sponsored you will help raise vital funds for vulnerable people in Scotland, across the UK and the world’s poorest countries.”

Theo Shields added: “I’m really excited to be part of this amazing campaign again and I encourage everyone in Scotland to enter their nearest Sport Relief Mile. I’m really lucky to be able to do my bit and I’m urging you to do the same by going the extra mile for Sport Relief.

You can do the mile however you want, why not customise your running gear, be creative and have some fun! The money you raise really does make a difference to those who need it most.”

This year, over one million people are expected to pull up their Sport Relief Socks and take part in the Sport Relief Mile to raise vital funds for vulnerable people across the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Enter the Edinburgh or Glasgow Mile, or one of dozens of Mile events happening all over Scotland, right now at