In 2011, our record was beaten by Penzance, Cornwall, with 8,734 pirates. It was too late for us to do anything about it that year but we were all determined to get our record back. People from far around pledged their support. So in 2012, Hastings once again prepared to be a pirate town. Earlier in the year, an attempt at the record had been made by a group of people in North Carolina which, sadly for them, was unsuccessful. We were optimistic. http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/avast-me-hearties-pirate-day-festivities-under-way-1-5016635
On the 22nd of July, Emiko and I once again dressed up, and headed into town to find our friends. It soon became apparent that the world and his wife were out for the day, swashbuckling buccaneers enjoying the glorious sunshine. The area we had used at the last record attempt was too small, so the pirates of Hastings were assembling on the beach. We met up with Barrie, Emiko’s father and a little while later were joined by my fiance Elliot, who was dressed in the most ninja-like pirate costume he could pull together, because he thinks ninjas are better than pirates.
It was apparent to everyone even before the total had been announced that we had beaten the record. While we’d been busy taking photos and videos and marvelling at the outfits, the number of people on the beach had swelled immensely. We could no longer hear the band over the sounds of people’s voices and beneath the midday July sun we wilted in the packed crowd. It was a relief to everyone when silence was called for and the results were announced -we’d smashed the record! A staggering 14,231 Pirates had gathered in Hastings, winning us back our title, which to my knowledge, we still hold to this day.
Oh, yes and on the 18th July 2015, I took part in the successful attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Number of People doing the Charleston’previous record 319 dancers (Australia), our record 503 dancers (Bexhill, East Sussex, UK), making it my third group World Record. Although, I believe it was subsequently broken in October of 2015 by a group in London with 975 dancers. I’m still trying to think what to do for a solo World Record.