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Penzance plans to take back Hastings’ crown

Jack Brockbank from Guiness World Records announces a new world record of 14,231 pirates in one place in Hastings in July 2012

Jack Brockbank from Guiness World Records announces a new world record of 14,231 pirates in one place in Hastings in July 2012

AVAST, me hearties! Pesky pirates from Penzance intend to plunder Hastings’ crown as the swashbuckling capital of the world.

The town in Cornwall is once again attempting to smash the Guinness world record next month by packing as many seadogs, privateers and buccaneers in one place.

Penzance is aiming to attract 20,000 pirates to its prom over the Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26.

The event is being held not only to try and smash Hastings’ record but also to raise thousands of pounds for the RNLI.

In August 2010, Hastings made the record books by packing in 6,166 seadogs and Jack Sparrow wannabes on Pelham Beach but Penzance took Hastings’ record in June 2011 after 8,734 people dressed as pirates descended on the town.

However Hastings took back the crown in July 2012, as a total of 14,231 pirates gathered on the beach opposite St Mary-in-the-Castle, as part of the world record attempt.

Pirates from as far away as San Francisco and Norway came to 1066 Country to join in the Pirate Day festivities.

Roger Crouch, who announced last month he was stepping down as Pirate Day organiser, said: “We wish Penzance the best of luck in beating our record. It is all about fun in the end and gets Hastings on the map. The one name on people’s lips will be ‘Hastings’ again.

“I hope Penzance has a great day, as I know how hard it is to arrange and organise such an event.

“Long may the friendly rivalry continue.”

Since Hastings first made the record books in 2010, several towns across the world have attempted to beat the record of having the highest number of pirates in one place.

The most recent attempt was in Newport News in Virginia, USA last September.

This year’s Pirate Day will be held on Sunday, July 20.

Old Town Traders are organising it with a new format called Hastings Old Town Pirates Family Fun Day.

 

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