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Pirate rebellion ensures popular festival will go ahead this year

PUBLISHED: 11:44 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:44 31 July 2017

A scene from a previous Wells Pirate Festival. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A scene from a previous Wells Pirate Festival. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A pirate rebellion has ensured a popular festival will go ahead this year.

Pirates in Wells last year. Picture: Ian BurtPirates in Wells last year. Picture: Ian Burt

Pirates were raging after it emerged their popular annual tear up in Wells was to be cancelled.

The Wells Pirate Festival raises money towards the multi-million pound redevelopment of the town’s historic maltings building.

The Wells Maltings Trust, which has organised the festival for several years, released a statement on Friday which said: It is with great disappointment and reluctance that The Wells Maltings Trust has decided to cancel the Wells Pirate Festival scheduled for September 15-17.

“The redevelopment of The Maltings has meant that there is a lack of space for some key events which we’d hoped to relocate, but this has proved impossible.

“Additionally our own Captain Blackbeard is about to walk the plank to join a new crew - we will miss the scurvy dog!

“After seven previous successful years The Wells Maltings Trust wish to maintain the standards of previous years and so sadly, for this year only, we have decided we must cancel.

“For any sponsors, stallholders or entertainers we had previously been in conversation with, we will contact you individually in due course.

“Do not fear the mighty Wells Pirate Festival will return in 2018 with a new home and a new captain.”

However, on Monday, it was confirmed the festival will be going ahead this year and will be organised by East Coast Pirates along with some Wells landlubbers.

Wells resident Joyce Trett said: “We’ve met with the East Coast Pirates and we will be ensuring the festival does go ahead this year, with events around the Quay and the harbour.

“We don’t have a full plan in place yet, but it will be pretty much as it has been in previous years.

“A lot of the B&Bs are fully booked and people had made plans to come here so we wanted to ensure that people weren’t left disappointed.”

East Coast Pirates member Steve Fishpool said: “There are some disappointed people who had booked accommodation and time off work, so we’re going to head to Wells. We hope to do some pirate activities on The Albatros and around the Quay.”

More details about the festival will be released in due course.

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