Ahoy there, me hearties – St Bega’s hold pirate history day

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A PIRATES project ended with a bang when youngsters experienced their own cannon show at a town tourist attraction.

Children from the nursery and reception classes at St Bega’s Primary School have been learning about pirates for the past few weeks, making their own pirate ships and treasure chests.

St Bega's primary pupils (left to right) Zac Lines, Madison Rivers, Alesha Maloney, Preston Waites and Spencer Gooding

St Bega's primary pupils (left to right) Zac Lines, Madison Rivers, Alesha Maloney, Preston Waites and Spencer Gooding

And to mark the end of their project, 54 children from the Thorpe Street school were kitted out in their pirate costumes to make the short journey along to Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience to see the Trincomalee.

Jodie Ellis, a reception teacher at St Bega’s, was one of 10 members of staff who accompanied the youngsters on their trip.

She said: “They all have an interest in pirates from the work they have been doing, so it was great for them to get the opportunity to go on to a real ship and see where people slept and ate while they were at sea.

“They all enjoyed the cannon display as well, it’s great to have something like this right on our doorstep.

St Bega's Primary pupils (left to right) Frankie Lupton, Erin Rogerson, Freddie Robertson and Brennan McKie on teh gun deck of HMS Trincomalee

St Bega's Primary pupils (left to right) Frankie Lupton, Erin Rogerson, Freddie Robertson and Brennan McKie on teh gun deck of HMS Trincomalee

“All the staff and kids were all in costumes, and it was a really enjoyable day and I’d like to thank the parents for the effort they went to to get the children all dressed up for it.”

Joel Bates from St Bega's Primary school is all set to fire the ships cannon

Joel Bates from St Bega's Primary school is all set to fire the ships cannon

Sitting on a chest in the Captains Cabin of HMS Trincomalee are St Bega's Primary school pupils (left to right) Katie Wanley, Robyn Allard and Charley McGuire

Sitting on a chest in the Captains Cabin of HMS Trincomalee are St Bega's Primary school pupils (left to right) Katie Wanley, Robyn Allard and Charley McGuire

Sam Kocu from St Bega's Primary sitting at the Captains Table

Sam Kocu from St Bega's Primary sitting at the Captains Table

Cousins Willo (left) and Lucy Stockton at a table in the Mess Deck of HMS Trincomalee

Cousins Willo (left) and Lucy Stockton at a table in the Mess Deck of HMS Trincomalee

A St. Bega's primary school pupil on the upper deck of HMS Trincomalee

A St. Bega's primary school pupil on the upper deck of HMS Trincomalee