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Hoist the Jolly Roger

This Sunday: World record pirate massive at dock - and not a dodgy deal in sight

Published on July 15th 2010.

Hoist the Jolly Roger

WHERE will you find the largest gathering of pirates in one place?

No, not at the Stanley Dock market, but at the Albert Dock, this Sunday.

That's where you will discover the 2nd International Mersey Pirate Muster attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the very thing above.

The record was set at Brixham earlier this year, when 1,744 “barnaclebacks and scurvydogs” descended on the town. Before you get alarmed, they were just ordinary people dressed up, you understand.

Then 2,600 souls squeezed like sardines into the Northern California Pirate Festival, just a few weeks ago.

Now BeSpoken Storytelling's Cathy Roberts and Liverpool Front House's Paul Miller are calling to arms all available pirates - young and old - to join their own Mersey Pirate Navy and reclaim the record, for our own noble maritime city.

The record attempt is just one of the highlights of this year's Mersey Pirate Muster, visiting Liverpool's On The Waterfront festival (July 16-18) which will launch on Friday night at 8.30pm with a spectacular pyrotechnic tribute to the Picasso exhibition at Tate Liverpool in the Albert Dock.

The world record attempt has the backing of Liverpool’s seaworthy Lord Mayor Hazel Williams.

Councillor Williams said: ‘’Liverpool is a proud maritime city – a UNESCO Maritime and Mercantile City no less - and few ports are a patch on us. With a fair wind I’m sure we can muster enough pirates of all ages to capture this swashbuckling claim to fame and sail right into the Guinness Book of Records. And there’ll be no better way to have fun while raising funds for such a worthy cause this side of the Atlantic this year.’’

To take part you must follow these six simple steps: Wear a pirate hat or bandana
Wear an eye patch
Carry a cutlass, flag or parrot
Wear a piratey shirt or T shirt
Wear rolled up or raggedy piratey trousers
And finally..... TURN UP!

This memorable event will be taking place from 1.45 pm just in front of the Wheel. Register for a purple eye patch for 50p and support Liverpool Unites at the same time.

Cathy Roberts said “This is only the second Mersey Pirate Muster, but we're really proud that so many local businesses and community organisations have climbed on board with us. When we heard there was a pirate gathering world record, we couldn't resist the challenge.”

On The Waterfront, commissioned by Liverpool City Council and delivered by Walk the Plank has a second instalment on August 6-8, but the July edition will exclusively feature a flotilla of Tall Ships, aerobatic displays, a Feel Good Fair and a sculpture made from 60 tonnes of sand as well as many other maritime malarkeys.

As well as the Pirate World Record attempt there’s also a chance to win real life hidden treasure – all you have to do is Pick up a copy of Mysterious MacNamara's Map around the docks. On Saturday you should also cover your ears for the spectacular Battle of Canning Dock, with tall ships, cannons, and enough muskets to wake old Davy Jones himself.

But never fear landlubbers, the only thing these pirates will burn a place in is your imagination. Not your DVDs.

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