Pictures: Pirates plunder Pill regatta

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 July 2019

Crew manning the canon at Pill Regatta.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Crew manning the canon at Pill Regatta. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Bands of pirates were spotted on the River Avon as families flocked to a annual village boat race.

Pill Regatta.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPill Regatta. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Hundreds headed to the 31st Pill Regatta on Saturday for an afternoon of riverside fun.

The festivities went off with a bang as Bombadier Cox and apprentice cannoneers opened the race day by firing the village cannon.

Two new whaling boats were christened which had been paid for with funds generously donated by the public.

Villagers then took to the river for the day's races which featured ladies coxed pairs, half-mile skuling, and a his and hers events, with commentary provided by compare Pauline Mcdade.

Pill Regatta.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPill Regatta. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

On shore, at Portishead Cruising Club there were activities to keep the cheering crowds happy throughout the afternoon including a pirate fancy dress competition, music, and the annual tug of war, while the grog continued to flow into the night.

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