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Swashbucklers set new record for pirate parade

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: May 09, 2012

Those taking part in the Mile O'Pirates form an orderly queue along Brixham harbour to set a new record Picture: Andy Styles

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Revellers dressed in full regalia to set a new "Mile O'Pirates" world record at the Fourth Brixham International Pirate Festival.

Last year's record of nine-tenths of a mile was smashed with pirates lining up to cover a distance of 1.1 miles around Brixham Harbour.

Held over the weekend, the spectacle saw swords clashing, cannons blasting and muskets firing.

Nigel James, event organiser said: "It was absolutely brilliant with lots and lots of people coming along to take part all dressed up as pirates.

"Breaking last year's record just shows how popular the event is becoming.

"We got a lot of support from local businesses and the council who were all brilliant."

Other delights included live music, street theatre, food stalls, face painting and live pirate skirmishes.

Those joining in the fun turned out in splendidly colourful outfits including pirates, smugglers, buccaneers and mermaids.

Pubs and bars in Brixham were packed with merrymakers enjoying a tankard of ale or two.

For youngsters there was a chance to have a free sail on one of the heritage sailing vessels in the harbour.

Storytellers regaled visitors with the Great Gale of 1866 that claimed dozens of lives with accounts of what eye witnesses said at the time.

On the evening of January 10 that year a ferocious storm ripped across the south coast hitting Brixham.

In just a few hours much of her fishing fleet, and many other ships sheltering from the storm in Torbay, were destroyed.

Legend has it that in the aftermath it was possible to walk from Brixham to Paignton on the wreckage.

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