Calling all pirates to Hastings Town Hall

Pirate Day 2012. TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY
Pirate Day 2012. TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY

THE man behind the popular Pirate Day festivities is calling for as many sea dogs and buccaneers as possible to assemble outside the town hall on Sunday to show their support for Hastings and Bexhill’s bid for City of Culture.

Roger Crouch is inviting pirates to arrive at 2.30pm on Sunday (April 28) for a show of strength to promote 1066 Country.

He said: “The Hastings and Bexhill bid for the City of Culture has to be in by the end of the month. A huge part of the strength of the bid are the wonderful events and festivals that take place in our area and the community which is second to none.

“So this Sunday at 2.30pm we would like as many pirates as possible to assemble outside Hastings town hall for the media to show the strength of community support. The drums are sure to be there, a great way to promote Hastings, and a great way to promote Pirate Day.”

Hastings will become the swashbuckling capital of the world this summer as this year’s Pirate Day, which will be in its fifth year, takes place on Sunday, July 21.

The town will not be attempting to smash the current Guinness world record title it holds for having the largest number of pirates in one place.

Last year a total of 14,231 sea dogs, buccaneers and Jack Sparrow wannabes gathered on the beach opposite St Mary-in-the-Castle and helped smash the world record.

This year there will be sword fighting, music, cannon and firearm demonstrations among a host of pirate-related events.

Further details of Pirate Day are on www.hastingspirateday.org.uk.