Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for Us as Festival Returns; Weekend of Events Sees Hundreds of Teessiders Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for Us as Festival Returns; Weekend of Events Sees Hundreds of Teessiders Enjoying the Great Outdoors

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Byline: Mike Brown Reporter mike.brown@trinitymirror.com

SWASHBUCKLING fun was had as buccaneers, scallywags and salty sea dogs ran riot during a weekend of events.

Pirates descended on the town in the quest for hidden treasure and rum cocktails as part of Stockton Pirate Festival which came ashore this weekend.

Young swashbucklers swarmed over the HM Bark Endeavour and the Castlegate Quay where there were three live music stages, a craft fair, pirate look-a-likes, children's entertainers and activities.

Dubbed Stockton's biggest fancy dress party and family fun day, organised by North East Live and Cafe Infinity, families flocked to join in the two-day event which raised money for three good causes: the SeaCadets, Huckin's Family Appeal and Waterfall Kennels, Guisborough.

Angie Taylor, from North East Live, said: "We were absolutely overwhelmed with the response to last year's event and are delighted to be bringing it back for the weekend.

"We have decided to support three local charities this year as we felt that the larger charities do tend to receive a lot of support but the smaller ones can often be overlooked."

But the festival wasn't the only big event that sun-soaked Teessiders enjoyed this weekend.

Folks flocked to the annual Daisy Chain Boat Race held at the Tees Barrage watersports centre.

After a wet and cloudy start, the weather turned fine and warm and many of the teams took a cooling plunge into the water shortly after completing the course.

"The good weather meant there were lots of spectators lining the river banks," said Judith Haysmore, chief executive of the autism charity.

"That always improves the atmosphere as they cheer on their favourite teams."

There were some familiar faces among the teams, like Barclays Doxy and Bell Trucks, while the organisers were happy to see teams from Nifco, Thistle Hotel, Healthy High Street Stockton and RPD Builders taking part. …

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