Gosport diving museum host pirate weekend of swashbuckling fun for families

Members and volunteers dressed as pirates greet the public at the entrance to the diving museum Pictures: Keith Woodland (160003-003)
Members and volunteers dressed as pirates greet the public at the entrance to the diving museum Pictures: Keith Woodland (160003-003)
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  • Over 200 people ‘walked the plank’ at Pirates & Sunken Treasure event
  • Kids could enjoy treasure trails, quizzes and craft workshops
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IT WAS a pirate’s life for everyone who took part in an annual weekend of nautical fun and high-seas hijinks.

Families walked the plank at Gosport Diving Museum’s free Pirates & Sunken Treasure weekender, before venturing on a swashbuckling treasure trail.

Terry Nash, left, and John Bevan aka 'Cut Throat Jake' give a wave (160003-034)

Terry Nash, left, and John Bevan aka 'Cut Throat Jake' give a wave (160003-034)

Museum volunteers Martin and Margaret Marks co-ordinated the event, and even dressed up as pirates to get in on the action.

Martin said: ‘I think it went just as well as previous years.

‘We’ve already started receiving some positive feedback from families on Facebook.

‘About 200 people came over the weekend, which is good for us because we’re a very small museum.’

Owen Ellaway, four, left and Anabelle Grady, three, with some of the buried treasure (160003-016)

Owen Ellaway, four, left and Anabelle Grady, three, with some of the buried treasure (160003-016)

Youngsters were rewarded with chocolate gold doubloons at the end of the trail, before indulging in a treasure trove of activities, from quizzes to make-your-own friendship bracelet workshops.

Younger children could enjoy colouring or a spellbinding show from Gilbert the Magician. The local Aziza belly dancing troupe also made numerous appearances over the two days, dancing in authentic costumes made in Cairo.

Martin said: ‘We have a lot of people working very hard to keep the museum on the go and try to keep things different.’

John Dodd, left, and James 'Tomo' Thomson, right, helped Jack Carraher, nine, wear a diver's helmet (160003-012)

John Dodd, left, and James 'Tomo' Thomson, right, helped Jack Carraher, nine, wear a diver's helmet (160003-012)

The Aziza Egyptian dance girls entertain the visitors (160003-041)

The Aziza Egyptian dance girls entertain the visitors (160003-041)

James Thomson entertains Harvey Grady,eight months (160003-030)

James Thomson entertains Harvey Grady,eight months (160003-030)