The idea for a Pirates Day began in 2004 during the birth of the West Bay Website: www.westbay.co.uk. While researching West Bay, we discovered a West Bay in the Cayman Islands, a British Colony. Their West Bay was similar to ours (except for the weather), but they also held an annual Pirates Week. In 2009, due to our ties with Julia's House, the Dorset Children's Hospice, we decided to hold a charity event in West Bay, the obvious choice being a Pirates Day.
Pirates Day was organised and engineered purely by the joint owners of West Bay Websites, a mammoth task! West Bay Websites was also the main sponsor for the event. Games needed to be made, prizes obtained and a large pirates galleon constructed. Volunteers helped on the day.
The majority of volunteers were very reliable and put in a great deal of effort, but unfortunately it only takes a small minority to either back out at short notice, or just not turn up on the day to cause major problems. A small core of family and friends formed the backbone of the event. However, in 2011 we were badly let down by a small minorty at short notice, causing an unfair strain on those who had to cover.
Following the 2011 event, it was decided not to continue. We approached other organisations in the area, asking if they wanted to take over the event, but all said it was beyond their capabilities. Incredible, considering that only two dedicated people had been organising Pirates Day.
Pirates Day at West Bay is no more!
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