NS holds pre-Pirates Week bash

Storming back after last year’s washout

The North Side Pirates Week Committee is holding a ‘Miss North Side Pirates Costume Pageant’ this Friday night, 16 October, at Driftwood Village.

North side PW contestants

Participants in the programme for Friday nights fund-raiser include, from left, Hal Ebanks, Justin Ebanks, Brandi Kay Sherieff, Satina Whittaker and Esther McLean.
Photo: Carol Winker

With a specially constructed stage at the seaside venue, the event should help everyone get in the mood for the national festival next month.

The event is also a fundraiser for the committee, which lost money last year after North Side’s Heritage Day was disrupted by Hurricane Paloma.

‘Our usual location at Kaibo was still under water,’ recalled committee member Archie Whittaker. ‘The best we could do was move to the Lions Centre in George Town, where we set up our exhibits and food stalls. That was okay for the lunch crowd, but people just didn’t show up for the dance that night.’

But the committee was still responsible for band fees and ended up in a financial hole.

Adding to their troubles, the November storm destroyed the float they had built for the annual parade. ‘We pulled together, rebuilt it and placed first,’ Mr. Whittaker pointed out.

That kind of resiliency has motivated the group to work even harder this year to have the kind of Heritage Day – and night – that people have come to expect from the district.

Friday night’s costume pageant promises something for everyone: a fashion show, male auction, entertainment by Mr. Bruce Wright and Super Star DJ, local food and drinks. Costumes for the pageant are on loan from Reba Dilbert, the award-winning designer and assembler.

Five young women are taking part and the winner will have pride of place on the district float and be North Side’s entrant in the national costume competition. While judges have already been selected, it’s safe to predict that audience response will be a factor in their decision, so people are invited to support their favourites from among Mariah Forbes, Hayle Powell, Brandi Kay Sherieff, Satina Whittaker and Kayla Young.

They and fashion show models have been rehearsing under the guidance of Candace Myles, who will also serve as compere. Master of ceremonies for the evening is Floyd Groves.

‘You have our support,’ Pirates Week director Cassandra Hibbert told organisers and participants when she attended a planning session at the North Side civic centre last week. She said her office will help promote district events by placing news items on Facebook, You Tube and Twitter along with the customary press releases to local media.

North Side Pirates Week Committee chairman Mel McCoy said the setting and programme for Friday night should appeal to just about everyone. Admission has been kept affordable, with tickets for adults (16 and up) $10, children (6-15) $5, and youngsters five and under free.

Gates open at 6.30pm with activities getting underway from around 7.15pm.

Tickets are available from Reflections, Funky tangs, Chisholm’s Grocery, Old Man Bay Grocery, Jack’s Esso and committee members. They may also be purchased on the night.