With Christmas over Roger Crouch is setting sail for Pirate Day.
Plans are already well underway for the annual event in July, which has seen Hastings crowned as the pirate capital of the world.
Roger has been busy helping with the popular skating rink in Priory Meadow but now plans to devote his time to the big summer event, promising that this year’s celebrations will be bigger and better than ever.
The local pirate community has already set up a well supported Pirate Day 2016 Facebook page with a countdown to the event and information updates.
Roger came up with the idea six years ago and organised an event that captured the imagination of the whole town and saw Hastings gaining an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the most pirates in one place.
A total of 6,166 pirates gathered on Pelham Beach during Old Town Week in 2010.
Last year’s event only saw an unofficial gathering, hampered by bad weather.
Roger said: “I was quite sad to see Pirate Day turn into an unofficial day this year.
“The event should befit what we are, the pirate capital of the world.
“I’m looking forward to coming back and am very proud of what has been achieved since the first Pirate Day in 2009. I’ve worked with some amazing people over the years and hope to again. I’m coming back to Pirate Day with the same enthusiasm and vision as before.”
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