Pirates needed to smash world record

Photo by Matt Stabeler. This photo can be ordered at the following link. http://oldtowncarnivalweek.co.uk/photos/  Pirate Day Skull & Crossbones, Hastings. 5/8/11 Hastings Old Town Carnival Week 2011.
Photo by Matt Stabeler. This photo can be ordered at the following link. http://oldtowncarnivalweek.co.uk/photos/ Pirate Day Skull & Crossbones, Hastings. 5/8/11 Hastings Old Town Carnival Week 2011.

SWASHBUCKLING sea dogs, buccaneers and Jack Sparrow wannabees are needed to help Hastings win back the title of pirate capital of the world.

This year’s Pirate Day is on Sunday, July 22 and the man behind the popular event, Roger Crouch, is calling on everyone in Hastings and beyond to take part so the town can win back the crown from Penzance.

Last June pesky pirates in the Cornish town plundered Hastings’ crown as the town with the highest number of pirates in one place.

Penzance managed to pack in 8,734 people dressed as privateers, sea dogs and buccaneers on its prom, smashing the previous world record of 6,166 set here in Hastings in August 2010.

The gathering of pirates will place at 1pm on Pelham beach, opposite St Mary-in-the-Castle.

Those taking part need to wear a pirate hat or bandana, white or striped shirt or t-shirt, ragged or pirate-style trousers or skirt, an accessory such as a sword, pistol, eye patch, pirate flag or parrot.

This year, as part of the event, there will be a pirate wedding at 11am at the town hall.

Emma Drury and James Ward, from Basildon, Essex will make their way into Priory Meadow at around 11.30am and onto the stage to be presented to the waiting crowd of pirates.

A pirate haunt in Priory Meadow shopping centre showing photographs from previous years, a big screen with footage from past Pirate Days, as well as Hastings Pirate Day 2012 t-shirts will be open Fridays and Saturdays leading up to Pirate Day.

Mr Crouch said: “This is a great day for Hastings and St Leonards as it is a real community event, and, as such everybody can get involved.

“We will be welcoming pirates from all over the world. It is an amazing spectacle to see every generation mixing as pirates, something which the town can be very proud of.

“To break the world record again will be amazing and every pirate that is on the beach on July 22 will be part of an historic occasion.”

The day will end with a spectacular display by the Red Arrows, their first display over the skies of Hastings in nearly 25 years.