DALE Pirate Day, which in the past was run by the Dale Play Area Association, became a very popular event normally coinciding with the end of Fish Week.

When it became clear that, unfortunately the plans to have a play area in Dale could not be realised, several local people decided to carry on the tradition and raise money for local causes.

This year it was decided that disco lights for the village community hall would be purchased to benefit people who hire the hall in the future as well as mainly supporting a local young man who has signed up for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, to row the Atlantic Ocean single handed to raise money for the MS society (see page 5).

Pirate Day 2019 was fantastically successful, backed by local businesses, who donated activities such as the bouncy castle, raffle prizes and endless cakes.

The money raised on the tombola stall went to the children of Coastlands CP School. The sun shone all day, which made the last event - walk the plank - more of a perk than a punishment.

The main event was the on the water treasure hunt - the clues had to be found by kayaking around the bay. There were also the ever-popular crabbing competitions enjoyed as much by the parents as the children and all the usual games.

Make your own pirate crafts, a cake stall, toy stall, ‘high scoring golf’ and this year, the inflatable sweeper made it a wonderful day all round. In all around £1,300 was raised to be split between the chosen causes which is fantastic!

The organisers would like to thank all those who donated towards the event and all the visitors who made it such a fun and friendly day.