Ellon’s Pirate Day success

Jack Sparrow lookalike Simon Newton with event organiser Vicki Morgan.
Jack Sparrow lookalike Simon Newton with event organiser Vicki Morgan.

Victoria Hall became pirate headquarters on Sunday when the Ellon Cinema team held their fundraising Pirate Day.

With stalls ranging from hot Caribbean food, spices, cakes, raffles, pirate goodies, local jams and even a rally car outside, there was plenty for visitors to enjoy.

However, the arrival of Simon Newton, the official Captain Jack Sparrow look­a­like, enchanted the youngsters.

After anchoring his ship the Black Pearl,in the Ythan, Captain Jack appeared at midday. After a few words of welcome, he began meeting hundreds of excited children and their families.

Later he judged the children’s fancy dress competition, which he noted was the best turn­out of participants he had seen for a long time.

The day continued with fun and games with visitors having the opportunity to meet the Captain on his walk­abouts followed by raffles and competitions.

Organiser Vicki Morgan said: “We are all exhausted but so very happy and delighted at just how well the day went.

“It could not have gone any better and all the hard­ work and planning paid­ off.

“We’re just over­whelmed at the amount of people we had coming through the doors.

“The effort children made with their costumes was staggering and it was lovely to see so many happy people. It was the community working at its best.”

There is a possibility the event could become a regular one.

Vicki added: “There certainly seem to be a lot of pirates out there in the town who enjoyed themselves so, you never know, we may be back.”

Procceds from the event will go to Ellon Cinema Fund.