WI's pirate slip tickles leading Hollywood star
A Women's Institute that famously greeted a lecture on modern-day piracy by wearing eye patches and brandishing toy cutlasses have been back in the spotllight.
Parkham WI hit the headlines earlier this year when they donned fancy dress for a talk by a former sea captain who was held hostage by Somali pirates for several weeks.
The north Devon group's embarrassing but comic blunder was aired by TV chat show host Jonathan Ross on Saturday as part of an interview with Hollywood star Tom Hanks, who stars in a new film about piracy.
The award-winning American actor was on the ITV show to promote his new film, Captain Philips, which tells the real-life tale of Captain Richard Phillips and his 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates.
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After explaining the story to the Forrest Gump star, Ross showed a picture of the Parkham WI in their pirate fancy dress to which Mr Hanks said: "Oh my God, look at that." He declared: "This is fantastic!" before joking: "Are you sure those aren't real pirates?"
The hilarious mishap, in April, saw members of the Parkham WI meet former Somali hostage Captain Colin Darch with a rousing pirate welcome.