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To be a pirate, make sure you look like one

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

  • Quay Fair Day 2011: the moment the crowds of pirates found out they had broken the world record.

  • The pirates of Penzance smash the world record, taken from Hastings, by getting 8,734 pirates in fancy dress on the Prom.

  • Piratical garb is de rigeur for those taking part in the record bid.

  • Pirates of Penzance Cornwall smash the world record taken from Hastings, UK, by getting 8,734 pirates in fancy dress on the Prom.

  • Jack Sparrow lookalike Will Brunning from Penzance at 2011's event.

  • Avast, me hearties! From left, Adrian Richards, Charlie Roe and Carmel Roe all from Penzance, sign on to the buccaneering crew.

  • Dusty Creek of the Moonlight Bay Pirates, with his two African grey parrots, Gerry Lee and Tom.

  • Pirates of all shapes and sizes came to be part of the successful world record attempt during Quay Fair Day 2011.

  • Thousands of good-natured pirates queue to be counted as the world record attempt begins in 2011.

  • The Matthew takes part in the gun battle on the Prom during the 2011 Penzance Pirate Day.

  • Taken at the fair on the Quay in 2011, the gun crew of Le Grande Derriere prepare to fire their canons.

  • Penzance claimed the world record from Hastings with a mass gathering of 8,734 pirates on the Prom, Penzance, all in swashbuckling fancy dress.

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THERE are just four days to go before thousands of Long John Silvers, Captain Jack Sparrows and scurvy lads and lasses will gather on Penzance promenade intent on breaking a world record.

Bank Holiday Monday's Pirates On the Prom Day is expected to attract 20,000 pirates aiming to smash the current world record for the most pirates in one place.

There's still time to get together a costume but remember; for the record bid to stand any chance of being ratified, there are strict regulations about the pirate dress code.

Organiser Andy Hazlehurst says he is confident Monday will be a record-breaking day.

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"We're fully optimistic that we're going to smash the record (currently standing at 14,231 and held by Hastings)," he said. "Just make sure you get there nice and early and try to travel to Penzance by public transport if you can.

"In fact, our main concern is that although we can accommodate every pirate, people not in costume will not be allowed on to the count site.

"It should be a great day and we're very grateful that Radio Cornwall's Laurence Reed has agreed to be our pirate voice on the prom."

Mr Hazlehurst said he was very lucky in having a group of hardworking people to help organise the event.

"It has been a real team effort putting on Pirates on the Prom Day," he said.

"Clare Trevaskis, from Bag O' Nails, has put in many hundreds of voluntary hours into the event.

"Angie Butler has spread the word far and wide and Teresa Fogarty at the town council has been a real stalwart.

"I'd also like to thank the RNLI for their support, John Tremelling and his safety team and The Cornishman for their efforts in promoting the event."

Mr Hazlehurst also issued a reminder that all costumes must resemble a pirate (factual or fictional) and consist of a minimum of:

a) pirate-style hat, bandana/kerchief.

b) appropriate shirt – striped shirt, white T-shirt or shirt/blouse.

c) appropriate trousers, pantaloons, tatty trousers, rolled-up trousers or pirate-style skirt or dress.

d) two accessories from a list which includes an eye patch, sword, pistol, hook, musket, cutlass, skull & crossbones flag, parrot, ship's cat, peg leg or even bilge rat.

Although entertainments start in and around the prom from noon, the main Press Gang Procession leaves from Penzance harbour at 3pm heading for the official pirate area on the prom.

The procession will include the mayor, members of the Napoleonic Association, players from the Cornish Pirates and their mascot, Illyria Theatre, Falmouth Marine Band, pyrotechnics experts Larp-FX and many others.

Fellow pirates are welcome to join the procession along the way.

Once in the pirate area all participants must be in position by 4pm and remain so for a minimum of ten minutes, wearing their costume.

Only those people within the designated count site at 4pm will be part of the official number registered.

The start and finish of this period will be signalled by a loud sound. Entry is £1, with children under 5 free.

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