Get ready for this Sunday’s Pirate Day

Children from Hastings Stage Studio dressed as pirates
Children from Hastings Stage Studio dressed as pirates

AHOY mateys! Pirate Day kicks off on Sunday (July 21) with thousands of seadogs and buccaneers visiting Hastings.

The highlight of this year’s event is set to be a group of pirates descending on Pelham Beach at 1pm in a skyfall holding the skull and crossbones flag.

From 10.30am to 5pm in Priory Meadow there will be entertainment throughout the day and the chance to go on board the replica pirate ship, donated to the town by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Children from The Hastings Stage Studio are joining a group of senior buccaneers and beautiful pirettes in performing two pirate-themed shows of singing and dancing, including the dramatic Hoist The Colours, part of their Pirates of the Caribbean epic. The Hastings Stage Studio will be opening the festivities on the stage at The Stade at 11am, and on board the pirate ship in Priory Meadow at 12.15pm.

There is also a procession around the Old Town from 2pm. Parrots will be on display in the High Street with sand sculptures in Pelham Playground. At the Stade Open Space bands are to play live music.

White witch Kevin Carlyon is taking to the airwaves from 10am to 4pm on Sunday as Death 106.8 FM and also on the internet from 7pm to 10pm as KevtheWitch On Your Radio at www.spreaker.com/user/kevthewitch. He said: “People can ring in advance for a record with a pirate flavour on 07738 682815.”

Roger Crouch, organiser of Pirate Day, said: “I am very proud of the town since its first Pirate Day in 2009. In a short space of time we have smashed the world record twice for the most number of pirates in one place (which now stands at 14,231) and welcomed thousands of visitors.

“This year pirates are coming from as far away as the USA and Australia.”

To mark Pirate Day weekend, Hastings 1066 Market and Eat @ the Stade are throwing a party today (Friday). Visitors to the Stade Open Space can enjoy the weekly market, as well as kids’ face painting from 12pm to 3pm, alongside giant outdoor board games and music. Visit www.hastingspirateday.org.uk.