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20,000 pirates urged to grab record back for Cornwall

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

  • The sun shone on Quay Fair Day 2011 where many of the 8,734 pirates on Penzance Prom who smashed the world record for the most pirates in one place were pictured.

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WANTED: 20,000 Cornishmen to make the pirate world record 'Aaarghs' again.

Three years ago 8,734 pirates crowded onto a sun-kissed Penzance promenade to grab the Guinness World Record for the most pirates in one place, a record which stood until July 2012 when 14,231 scurvy pirates gathered on Hastings seafront.

Now a packed series of events are being staged over the Whitsun Bank Holiday in a bid to attract even more visitors and enable Penzance to reclaim the world record and help celebrate the 400th anniversary of Penzance Town Charter.

It will also raise thousands of pounds for the RNLI as proceeds are going to Penlee lifeboat station. So, as Mike Sagar-Fenton, the station's press officer says, "patch up and get there".

Extra carriages are being laid on by First Great Western for the record attempt which will take place at 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26, on the prom in a specially cordoned off count site.

There will be entertainment to suit all ages throughout the day including fairground children's rides, a beer tent, theatre and circus performances and a host of musical bands and performers.

Kernow King will act as compère for the afternoon while players from the Cornish Pirates will be mingling with the crowds and collectors from every Cornish RNLI station and even some 60 Johnny Depp lookalikes.

In the evening, revellers can carry on with the pirate party by enjoying a mini-festival of music at the Pirates' rugby ground headlined by Three Daft Monkeys.

Organiser Andy Hazlehurst said: "We're really looking to smash the record this year by getting 20,000 pirates on to the prom and raising loads of money for the Penlee lifeboat station.

"Everyone wanting to join the record attempt will be asked to pay £1 and proceeds from that will go straight to Penlee."

Mr Hazlehurst added that there was no likelihood that the record attempt would be scuppered by the recent storm damage inflicted upon the prom.

"We've been assured by Cornwall Council that the prom will be safe to use and, even if that is not the case, we have a contingency plan," he said.

The news of the record attempt was welcomed by Rosalie Whitlock, honorary secretary of the Penlee Lifeboat Fundraising branch which will provide 50 volunteers to help on the day. She told The Cornishman: "We're absolutely thrilled that the pirates' world record attempt is returning to Penzance and even more delighted that the proceeds will be coming to the RNLI.

"We gather that plenty of Cornishmen and women will be coming home for the weekend and I really hope Penzance can get the record back."

Mr Hazlehurst added that he would welcome offers of support from sponsors to help cover the cost of the event.

If you want to help, e-mail info@piratesontheprom.co.uk or for more information about what is going on throughout the weekend, log on to the website www.piratesontheprom.co.uk

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