Brixham Pirate Festival set to be virtual celebration

The virtual Brixham Pirate Festival takes place on Saturday, May 2

The virtual Brixham Pirate Festival takes place on Saturday, May 2 - Credit: Archant

Skulduggery, doubloons and gangplanks are moving online this year, as the Bay prepares to celebrate a virtual Brixham Pirate Festival.

Brixham Pirate Festival will be a virtual event this year

Brixham Pirate Festival will be a virtual event this year - Credit: Archant

This fabulous unique event has been a huge part of the Bay calendar over the past decade and the organisers have contacted the superb array of acts and bands to create a virtual celebration to replace the original festival scheduled to entertain Brixham over the first weekend in May.

The virtual festival will be held on Saturday, May 2, and plans are already in place to enjoy the wonderful world of piracy in a special way.

'This would have been the 12th year of the Brixham Pirate Festival and we were literally in the final stages of organising the event when the lockdown changes were introduced,' said organiser Russell Timbrell.

'We had such a response when the event was cancelled that we started thinking about online options.

'One of our bands, JollyRoger from Plymouth, quickly offered to help with coordinating the acts and the technical side of streaming.

'We have been working together to make the virtual festival a reality and a lot of the acts booked for the original event have signed up for the online alternative. In a very short space of time, we've got a full day of acts booked and a fantastic mixture for the Pirate community to enjoy.

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'It was obviously disappointing for people not to be visiting Brixham but, like everyone, we have found ways to adapt and there is an added opportunity for people to make a donation to the NHS during the virtual festival.

'The enthusiasm of our community has been brilliant, with people looking to dress up as Pirates at home and post pictures from their homes and gardens during the event.

'The plan is to create as much fun as possible for people to enjoy in their own households.

'We think it is the first Virtual Pirate Festival and we are hugely optimistic that the event will be a great success.'

Well done to Brixham Pirate Festival, JollyRoger and all the Pirate acts. You can discover more on the virtual festival by visiting Facebook 'The Brixham Pirate Festival'