Golowan Festival mounts Guinness Book of Records pirates challenge


Calling all runners, triathletes, swimmers and people who just want to be part of this great event!
Records are set to be broken on Sunday 26th June 2011 when Cornwall mounts a challenge for the highest number of pirates in one place at the same time, as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. The amazing spectacle will take place as part of the annual Golowan Festival (18th ? 26th June 2011) which this year takes on a swash-buckling pirate theme to celebrate it?s 21st birthday.

Everyone is invited to come along dressed as a pirate to Penzance Promenade at 1pm to swell the numbers and help steal the title from Hastings, the current holders of the Guinness World Record, where 6,166 pirates put in an appearance.


i.e. pirates style hat or bandana / kerchief

an accessory e.g. sword, hook, musket, skull and crossbones flag, parrot or eye patch

appropriate shirt e.g. striped shirt, white T shirt or shirt

appropriate trousers, e.g. pantaloons, tatty trousers or rolled up trousers

You must wear your pirate costume for the entirety of the world record attempt

Malcolm Bell, Head of VisitCornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service for the county, comments: ?Penzance is famous for its pirates so where better to challenge for the record for the highest number of scurvy knaves than in their true home? Golowan brings colour, music and a festival of Cornish culture to the streets and harbour of this ancient Cornish town, capturing a real sense of creativity and imagination.?

Andy Hazlehurst of the Golowan Festival Organising Committee adds: ? The world record bid will be a highlight in this years pirate themed Golowan Festival and will add to the fun and entertainment of this fantastic event. Visitors and locals can all join in the fun of Pirates on the Prom, all you have to do is dress as a pirate and be on the prom at 1pm. Pirates Deluxe or No Frills Basic, it doesn?t matter, we just want you! We also want visitors to have a chance to relax and enjoyPenzance?s beautiful promenade.?

When the pirate count takes place at 1pm on Sunday 26th June it will be high tide so spectators and those taking part in the challenge, will be in exactly the right place to get a fantastic view of the Golowan Maritime Festival?s Parade of Sail. Many of the local traditionally built wooden boats will be unfurling their mains?ls as they sail across the bay. There will also be music on the prom to keep pirates? toes tapping.

To take part there will be a ?1 entry fee to raise funds for the Golowan Festival, Golowan Maritime Festival and the Jubilee Pool.

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