Pirates & Piracy #pirates #Hastings #records #drummers 

Piracy in Hastings Old Town has become a mid-July, summer celebration and each year, along buccaneer mile, a little variation keeps it ever-exciting and wildly entertaining. Pirates from all over the country, county, cities and o’er the seas come to revel and rollick.
This year includes, ‘The Tigers’ free-fall parachuting, and landing on the end of Hastings pier; fierce and feisty drummers – Section 5; drinking gin before 11am; beards, parrots and real wooden legs; the creation of the largest pirate flag in the world on the beach and filmed from air; drinking whisky after 11am and everything else onwards; dancing and a full pirate orchestra performing Pirates of the Caribbean music as well as folk band, The Pyrates from Holland, and ‘light’ Opera (Pirates of Penzance); Jack Sparrow and entourage in drunken swagger parading along the seafront. He really looks like Johnny Depp.

Arrrgh…a jolly good time had by all!’

Please take note Hastings features in The Guinness Book of Records for the most recorded pirates in one place … that’s 14,231 Pirates.  I was one of them.


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Pirates party before pub refreshments.

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Fabulous Festivals! #poetry

Hooray for the spoken word!

Stratford upon Avon is the longest running poetry festival in the UK…. 62 years of celebrating poetry in many wonderful ways; roving in the streets, professional presentations, music, percussion and performance, film, workshops and studies on select poets. All of poetry life made interesting and no homework!
If your eyes are open, then open your ears too.

Performing Poetry #StratfordPoetryFestival

“Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me your ears!”

What great enthusiasm and energy at The Stratford upon Avon Poetry Festival!

Directly outside Shakespeare’s birthplace in the heart of the town, we gathered an audience and recited a varied selection of poems, written by the choicest poets (from sonnets to comical rhymes). It’s not an easy task but it’s a great pleasure to join happy, like minded people for whom poetry is a joy.

Our T-shirts read ‘Shakespeare lives here, Stratford Poetry Festival 2015’