Hastings Pirate Day, Free annual event in East Sussex Photos from 2018
Pirates Invading Hastings
These are my favourite pictures out of the many (about a thousand photos!) that I took at Hastings Pirate Day which was held on the 15th of July 2018. The photos here are the only ones I have kept from Pirate Day, all of the other photographs from events like this always get deleted! I point that out as I often get people contacting asking if I got photographs of something, but if they are not here, then I don't have them, sorry x
By pirates I don't mean dodgy people lurking around on street corners with pirate copies of computer games, although I'm sure Hastings has plenty of those types (all my stuff is legal . . .these days! lol). I'm talking about the sword fighting, rum drinking, plank walking, rum drinking, ship sailing, rum drinking, treasure burying, rum drinking, sea shanty singing, rum drinking, parrot owning types with peg legs and hooks for hands, did I mention the rum drinking??? The sort of people that would sell their own grandmother to make a few pieces of eight! I am still talking pirates, not Tories . . . I think! lol
Hastings has a long history of being involved with smugglers, pirates and the like, so it's an ideal place to hold an annual Pirate Day event like this one. I guess Hastings has always been full of very dodgy characters and probably always will be! Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Hastings is a bad place, I have always loved Hastings and love the really diverse collection of people who come together to make everyone feel so welcome.
It's just a town with many great characters and so many great events like this every year, which as a photographer I love. Pirate Day is definitely one of the best events in Hastings. Many times I have walked around Hastings dressed a a zombie, a pirate, a steampunk person, a woman and many other weird and wonderful things. Walk around most towns dressed in full pirate gear and most people would be shocked and give you funny looks, but do it in Hastings and people barely bat at eyelid! :)
A World Record Breaking Event
Hastings currently holds the world record for the most people dressed as pirates in one place, a very impressive record of well over 14,000 pirates!!! To qualify to be included in the world record attempt you had to have at least three things on out of a list they supplied. Other places have tried to beat Hastings world record, but all have failed, plus like most pirates we don't give up without a fight, so if somewhere else does set a new Pirate Day world record, then we will do everything we can to beat it. 2018 was a smaller event, but still great fun and still had lots and lots of pirates.
Pirate Day is an event that takes over loads of locations all over Hastings, East Sussex. This year I stayed around the Stade and George Street taking my photos, but there were other things going on at the pier, along the seafront and in Priory meadow shopping centre. Being that spread out is really great for a town like Hastings, but not so good if you are disabled photographer and want to see it all! :(
In the afternoon on Pirate Day there is a parade around Hastings Old Town, featuring lots of people in amazing pirate costumes. Every year a big part of the parade is made up of the most dastardly and despicable pirate vermin from all across East Sussex or local drumming groups as they are more commonly known! lol Due to health complications I had to leave before the parade this year, so I don't know who was there, but I suspect the very local Hastings based Section 5 Drummers were there, plus Cannibal Drummers, Stix Drummers, Pentacle Drummers, Drumskullz, Sambalanco and Skull Drummery to name but a few of them.
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