A victorious skull and crossbones flew from the flagpole of Hastings Town Hall yesterday as it was announced that the town had swash-buckled its way to victory over rival pirates in Penzance. With a crew of 14,231 pirates gathered on the sea-front this Sunday, they smashed the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Gathering of Pirates in one place”.
The pirate gatherings in Hastings were started three years ago by Roger Crouch (Jolly Roger to you) who said his record breaking ambitions were “serious in a tongue in cheek way” and there was certainly nothing half-hearted about the attempt.
“No need to walk the plank as long as you look the part” said Jolly Roger “You will need a pirate hat or bandana, trousers or skirt. An accessory such as a sword, hook, eye patch, pistol, flag or parrot will qualify you to become a Record breaker when Hastings once again attempts to create Pirate History.”
Local sea-dogs were drawn to the beach by a whole day of fiesta including Pirate dancing, sea shanties, stunt action sword fighting, pirate fayre and even a pirate wedding.
Jolly Roger said the aim was to put Hastings back on the map for a good reason, to include everyone and to boost the morale of the town.
Finally, the Red Arrows performed a spectacular finale, turning the skies red over Hastings in celebration while down on the ground Pirate Look-Alikes Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Barbarosa grimaced obligingly to have their photos taken with the members of the crowd.
Main Photo by Tony Coombes