Sunday July 22, 2012 saw thousands of pirates take over my seaside home of Hastings in East Sussex, England. First started in 2009, Pirate Day forms part of the Old Town Carnival Week. The following year Hastings won the Guinness World Record for the "largest gathering of pirates". Not to outdone, in 2011 Penzance (where else?) beat the record with nearly 9000 pirates gathered.
Fighting back in earnest this year Hastings switched the day from Friday to Sunday (to maximise pirate availability) and went on to regain the record with a staggering 14, 231 pirates assembled on the beach.
It was a fun day for all, rounded off by a brilliant seafront display by RAF aerobatics team The Red Arrows (making their first appearance in Hastings since the 1980s). Now let's see who can beat that record! Regards, David