Friday, 09 June 2017 15:55

Shiver yer timbers 'Harry Paye Pirate Day' returns to Poole Quay

Shiver yer timbers 'Harry Paye Pirate Day' returns to Poole Quay

Swab the decks and hoist yer main sail for Poole’s annual celebration of its favourite pirate son Harry Paye on 17 June 2017.

Poole Quay will be ship shape for a festival o’ Pirate fun for lads ‘n lasses of all ages. Expect a sea of pirates as land lubbers and salty sea dogs are encouraged to dig out yer eye patch, earring and cutlass for Poole’s charity fun day.

Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism, the popular shindig gets underway from 12 under the noonday sun with the Parade of Pirates along Poole Quay with the Mayor of Poole Cllr Lindsay Wilson judging the Pirate Fancy Dress at 1pm. As part of the celebrations cannons will be going off at 12noon for the start of the Pirate Parade and then every hour on the hour.

Sponsored by Jenkins Marine, Tesco & Eden Vauxhall, the event is part of Poole’s Wave 105 Summertime in the South events, where visitors can see cannon and musket displays followed by belly dancers or try their luck on the traditional stalls. There’s also plenty for children with a fancy dress competition, rides, a teddy bear stall and face painting. There’s also the chance to win plenty of booty at the charity raffle.

Sample the finest grog along the quayside’s traditional, pubs, bars and restaurants and listen to a salty sea shanty or two at the two live music stages featuring local bands including Spiderpig, Bomo Swing, Vintage Dogs on the Main Stage and Bonsai Pirates, Raising Kane and The RedCrow at the Fish Shambles opposite the Lord Nelson.
Events finish at 6pm and this year Harry Paye Day is helping to raise plenty of dubloons for local charities Diverse Abilities Plus, Waggy Tails Rescue and Forest Holme Hospice.

Cap’n Roger Laird, said; “AAArgh me hearties! The Pirates of Poole invite NAY compel you to put on your best pirate rig and join us on Poole Quay for live music, loud bangs and loads of other stuff! Bring your dubloons cos every penny we collect goes to charity! Thanks to our sponsors, the bands, Poole Tourism and the Quay businesses for their help with this almighty fundraising shindig.”

Paul Dredge, Acting Chairman of the Poole Tourism Partnership, said: “Every year the crowds grow at this fantastic charity event and people really get into the spirit. Families love it and have lots of fun celebrating this part of the town’s fascinating history. So join in with your best pirate jokes, fancy dress and pirate lingo and free your inner pirate for the day.”
On the day Poole Quay will be closed to traffic from 9am and will re-open by 7pm.

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