Young pirates on parade

Poppy Golden-Shillaw, winner of the under six age group fancy dress
Poppy Golden-Shillaw, winner of the under six age group fancy dress
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HUNDREDS of youngsters descended on a park to have some swashbuckling fun.

Around 600 people visited Horden Welfare Park to enjoy a day of pirate-themed hi-jinx.

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Highlights included a pirate ship bouncy castle, pirate sing-a-long shows, swashbuckling games and a chance for kids to have their pictures taken with pirates.

There was also a pinata, which is a papier-mache container which children could bash to release goodies, pirate island and barrel-based games and jousting on slippery poles.

There were also various competitions, including best pirate fancy dress and name the pirate and name the parrot.

Magic Jack was also on hand to create fabulous balloon designs.

This was the sixth time Horden Parish Council has arranged a pirate day and staff say the event gets bigger every time.

Jimmy Bush, the parish council’s parks and cemeteries manager, said: “More people definitely come every year – it’s a very popular event.

“At the start of the summer holidays we get people asking when it’s going to be on.”

The parish council is planning a Disney-themed event at the park from 1pm-4.30pm on Sunday, September 11.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be making an appearance and the fun will include fancy dress competitions.

All the staff will be in fancy dress and there will be stalls, a bouncy castle, rides and side-shows including hook-a-duck.