Penzance promenade will muster army of pirates
THE memorable scene of thousands of pirates swashing their buckles together on Penzance promenade could be repeated next summer.
Two years ago, as part of the Golowan festival, a successful world record attempt for the most pirates in one place was staged and, the record having since been lost, organisers hope to recapture it next May.
The attempt, on Monday, May 26, will help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the granting of a royal charter to Penzance by King James I in 1614.
Two years ago it required 8,734 pirates to break the record, at that time held by Hastings, but the Sussex town reclaimed the title in July with an impressive 14,231 pirates.
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Organisers in Penzance say they hope 20,000 will turn out to smash Hastings' figure.
Organiser Andy Hazelhurst said: "We're calling on a Trelawny's Army of 20,000 Cornishmen to come out and recapture the record."
The event will raise funds for the RNLI and Mr Hazelhurst said he wanted as many businesses as possible to come forward to support the event.
"We're already lucky to have Raymond's Amusements on board as a generous sponsor but the more support we get, the bigger and better the entertainment we can put on and the more money that'll be raised for the RNLI," he said.
Penzance is also celebrating its charter by resurrecting the tradition of Beating the Bounds and holding a Jacobean event on May 9, the precise anniversary of the granting of the charter.
The last ceremony of Beating the Bounds – a civic walk round the margin of the parish – was in 1974, when the old Penzance Borough Council ceased to exist.
The walk will be followed by a Jacobean celebration with a programme of traditional Cornish entertainment such as wrestling and maypole dancing, with contemporary costumes and refreshments.