Avast me harties! Tis time for land lubbers to dig out yer eye patch, earring and cutlass for Poole’s annual celebration of its favourite pirate son Harry Paye.
Harry Paye Day is an annual event where the townsfolk of Poole and many from across the lands don their Pirate outfits and celebrate the day Harry Paye took revenge for the attack on Poole back in 1405.
Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism, this is one of the local highlights of our year and starts with a blast of cannons, followed by a parade of Pirates along Poole Quay. Visitors also got the chance to watch cannon and musket displays followed by belly dancers, or tried their luck on the traditional Aunt Sally stall.
The streets were busy, the pubs were full and there were a few stalls dotted about selling pirate themed goodies, or offering the chance to win a treat, with all money raised going to local Poole charities.
There were three live bands playing throughout the day and the kids had fun dancing along to Spider Pig.
I have to admit we were a little disappointed as there was a lot less to see and do than there had been in previous years, although the kids were over the moon to be allowed to clamber onboard a Fire Engine.
There were a few people, other than those that took part in the parade, in fancy dress that really got involved in the pirate atmosphere with pirate conversations and banter but overall there was just not enough going on to keep us there for more than an hour.
Disappointed, we left the quay behind and headed back along the path towards Baiter Park.
The great thing about where we live though, is it is by the water and the kids love nothing more than paddling or throwing stones and seeing who can make the biggest ‘plop’ or skim the farthest.
Despite being a gloomy day, the water was still and unbelievably clear, meaning we could spot fish and crabs going about their business below the waterline.
It may not have been the day out we had planned but we had lots of fun wandering along the harbourside, watching the boats and the wildlife.
Fingers crossed the event is back to its best next year.
Have you been to a local event recently?