Timbers were well and truly shivered when sea dogs young and old took over Wells next the Sea on the second day of its pirate festival.

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Events on Saturday included a pirate market, old sea songs sung by the Old Wild Rovers on the Quay and boat trips to Pirate Island.

However, for five-year-old Alfie MacLean from Swaffham the highlight was taking part in the pirates’ parade down Staithe Street.

He said: “I was dressed as Captain Jack. I have two swords and a gun and a hat and pirate hand cuffs and an earring.”

Alfie added that he also enjoyed seeing a live parrot on a pirate’s shoulder eating someone’s ice cream.

Former Wells Primary School teacher Captain Chrissie Rayner had the job of welcoming visitors to the town by flashing her pantaloons at drivers.

She was full of hearty praise for the events, and said: “The highlight has been everything. The people have been absolutely wonderful, the entertainment has been first class. There’s more going on this year.”

Visitors handed more than the odd piece of eight to stall holders, who reported strong sales after good weather brought hundreds of families and groups of friends to the town.

Tattoo-decorated hobby craftist Liz Caley, clad in a bandana and pirate waistcoat and sporting a parrot on her shoulder, said she had been ‘burning her hands off’ preparing for the event, but was running out of stock by the end of the day.

She said: “It’s gone brilliantly. It is absolutely the best fair I have done in many a year. Everything I did was pirate themed. I had three big boats I sold this morning, and two massive and two not so massive treasure chests. The public have been excellent.”

The festival continues today with a pirate market, boat trips, a car booty sale, pirates in the park and a treasure trail, sea shanties and cannon firing.

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