IT was a mighty fine day for a swashbuckling sword fight at the Historic Dockyard yesterday.
Thirteenth century pirates rubbed shoulders with would-be Marine Commandos at the It’s a Knock Out event
Families gave each other a soaking in the stocks, tested their nerve on the bucking bronco and battled it out on the inflatable assault course.
The sun shone on visitors to the huge free outdoor event and they made the most of the fun activities that were on offer.
Steve Hall, of Mayhall Road, Copnor, put his 14-year-old son Connor in the stocks and passers-by had a good go at soaking him with wet sponges.
Mr Hall, 41, said: ‘We had a brilliant day.
‘I came down to see my daughter perform with her dance group and realised there were lots of other things to do as well.
‘We all had a lot of fun. Connor’s been a brilliant sport.’
Georgina Hughes and her four-year-old son Jack were part of the Raven Tor pirate re-enactment group.
She said: ‘We have been doing sword-fighting combat displays and showing people our treasure – which isn’t necessarily gold but sugar, lace, tea and tobacco.’
Later on there were some traditional games with an ancient twist.
Visitors took part in cannonball and spoon races, team sack races, tug of war and a relay race through tyres, under scramble nets and over the inflatable assault course.
There was pin the medal on the Admiral, face painting and balloon modelling.
Visitors could even create their own battle wounds with make-up.