THOUSANDS of pirates will today muster on the seafront in a world-first attempt to create a human skull and crossbones.
And as carnival week draws to a climax, the weekend still offers a host of activities, including tomorrow’s grand closing procession (August 6).
Today though (Friday), the wait is over for a horde of buccaneers, who descend on Hastings complete with cutlasses and shanties for Pirate Day, which is fast becoming a highlight of Old Town Carnival Week.
Pirates are invited to join organiser “Jolly” Roger Crouch, on the beach beside the lifeboat station at 12.30pm to be a part of the skull and crossbones attempt. Helicopter rides leaving from the East Hill will offer spectacular views of the scene. Hungry sea-dogs can snack on barbecue food on Rock-a-Nore from 5pm, before visiting the Stag Inn, All Saints Street, from 8pm for a night of rum and seafaring songs.
Tomorrow’s closing carnival procession celebrates the week that has been, with floats, dancers and a host of other performers leaving Rock-a-Nore car park at 5pm.
Floats assemble at Rock-a-Nore from 1.30pm, for judging at 3pm.
Fireworks lighting up Hastings Castle at dusk will close carnival week with a bang, though Sunday still features the trolley bus pull on The Stade at noon, and a hymn concert in St Clement’s Church at 6pm.
Full details of the weekend’s events can be found at www.1066.net/carnival and www.oldtowncarnivalweek.co.uk.
• For aerial pictures of the world-first attempt, pick up a copy of next week’s Observer.