Fun on the quay
We are very lucky to live by the coast here at Walc and we get to enjoy a lot of maritime and sea-based festivals throughout the year, such as the fish festival in our very own Swanage along with the RNLI day. Yesterday though one of our residents went to check out the pirate festival held in honour of Harry Paye a smuggler and privateer from the 14th century, who made a bit of a name for himself. It was a special commemoration too as it marked 600 years since his death in 1419
There were cannons and a multitude of pirates, there were groups of people singing sea shanty’s and although we didn’t partake in visiting any of the taverns, there was what seemed a considerable amount of rum being consumed! Face painting and a parade of different floats, brimming with Johnny Depp lookalikes and a few buxom maidens also filled the streets with noise and colour which was enjoyed greatly by our resident.
Amongst all of the noise and pirate fun, perhaps one of the most exciting things from the day that staff and resident got to enjoy although not pirate related, but definitely sea related. Was the appearance of dolphins in the bay of Poole, just as the cannons began to fire. Perhaps they had come inland to pay their respects, to the infamous Harry Paye too!