Talk Like a Pirate Day Bristol 2012
Every year on September 19 people around the world celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day .
This year is no different – but in 2012 the date has the added significance of being the annual celebration’s 10th anniversary.
Find out how you can get involved and learn how to talk like a pirate with the organisers’ handy guide.
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Of course in Bristol we have our own links to piracy – and even today you can watch the Pirates (otherwise known as Bristol Rovers) play at the Memorial Stadium, join Pete the Pirate for one of his famous themed walks around the Harbourside, or learn about the city’s heritage through the Long John Silver Trust , a Bristol charity which promotes the city’s maritime and literary past.
We asked Pete the Pirate and friends to do us their best pirate impression in the spirit of Talk Like a Pirate Day:
You might even have spotted Blackbeard the gorilla in Arnos Vale Cemetery as part of last year’s Bristol Zoo arts trail through the city.
Bristol’s rich pirate-filled history includes characters such as the real Blackbeard, perhaps the most feared and ferocious pirate of all, and privateer Captain Woodes Rogers, one of the few men to ever capture and bring home a Spanish treasure galleon.
Reputedly born in Redcliffe in about 1680, Blackbeard’s “career” started in Jamaica’s Port Royal and ended with his decapitation off the American seaboard in 1718.
If you want to get more of a feel for Bristol’s pirate history, join Pete the Pirate on a guided walking tour of Bristol's historic Harbourside and its maritime history of discovery, trade, slavery and piracy.
Book at the Tourist Information Centre on Bristol’s Harbourside. Fancy dress actively encouraged.
You can expect to be surrounded by stuffed parrots, swishing cutlasses and the obligatory eye patch as Pete whips up a suitably stormy atmosphere on the waterside streets.
There’s also plenty of historical bounty on offer as Pete brings to life Bristol’s turbulent maritime heritage.
Along the way you’ll discover Long John Silver’s treasure chest and Blackbeard’s home in the medieval port.
Once you’ve built up a thirst, you even get to visit the Llandoger Trow, the inspiration behind Treasure Island’s Spy Glass Inn.
For tips on how to hone your pirate accent have a look at this video: