World-first for Hastings pirate day

Swedish pirates Ken Nilsson, Anders Nilsson and Anders Levaou at last year's Pirate Day
Swedish pirates Ken Nilsson, Anders Nilsson and Anders Levaou at last year's Pirate Day
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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.