Gosport diving museum host pirate weekend of swashbuckling fun for families

IT WAS a pirate's life for everyone who took part in an annual weekend of nautical fun and high-seas hijinks.

Monday, 8th August 2016, 5:55 am
Members and volunteers dressed as pirates greet the public at the entrance to the diving museum Pictures: Keith Woodland (160003-003)

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

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.

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

‘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.’

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.

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

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)
The Aziza Egyptian dance girls entertain the visitors (160003-041)
James Thomson entertains Harvey Grady,eight months (160003-030)
Terry Nash, left, and John Bevan aka 'Cut Throat Jake' give a wave (160003-034)
Owen Ellaway, four, left and Anabelle Grady, three, with some of the buried treasure (160003-016)
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)
James Thomson entertains Harvey Grady,eight months (160003-030)