Pirates Week presses ahead

The Pirates Week Committee is pushing full steam ahead with party plans this week despite the postponement of events at the weekend due to atrocious weather conditions.

According to the latest update from the Pirates Week Committee office, Friday’s postponed evening events are to take place tonight.

The public is advised that the postponed fireworks show will take place on Wednesday at 9pm downtown along with the Festival Queen Competition, the Songfest and the Street Dance.

Last Saturday’s event schedule will take place this coming Saturday 5 November. This includes the Landing Pageant, the Float Parade and the final Street Dance.

The other scheduled events for the festival are to run as scheduled with the West Bay Heritage Day Wednesday, North Side Thursday, Bodden Town Friday. Other events such the Turtle Release at Seven Mile Beach (today) are also set to go ahead.

Commenting on the weather at this time of year Executive Director Pirates Week Committee Dave Martins said events have had to be cancelled three or four times in the past 10 years. In relation to this year’s postponements he said, ‘It happens’.

It would be up to the Ministry of Tourism to change the dates of Pirates Week for forthcoming years, he said.

Speaking from London this week Minister for Tourism Charles Clifford said the Ministry is not considering changing the dates of Pirates Week, but this is something that they may start thinking about.

However, he said that due to the original placement of Pirates Week at this time of year to try to boost low season tourism it may be difficult to find another placement on the calendar for it. However, this is something he will discuss with Mr. Martins at a future date, he said.

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