Harry Paye Day on Poole Quay
Harry Paye Day goes down a storm with pirates, parades and live music on Poole Quay!
Shiver me timbers! Poole went “full pirate” today for this fantastic event on Poole Quay! Harry Paye, a pirate so infamous that he not only gets his own day but also a section of the Purbecks named after him (namely Old Harry’s Rocks).
Did you know?
Harry Paye was born in Poole around 1360 and was a pirate and adventurer.
It’s organised each year by the Pirates of Poole who were originally founded in 1926 to raise money for charity and keep the history of Poole town alive, in particular it’s long maritime history.
Old Harry intercepted hundreds of French and Spanish ships in the waters off the Dorset coast to plunder their cargo.
The event kicked off with a parade of Pirates (pirates on motorbikes included!) followed by live music and a competition for the best dressed junior pirate. The event was enjoyed by thousands of locals and holiday makers alike. Everyone had a great time with loads of fun and entertainment for all the family including pirate games, children’s rides, live history areas, cannon firing and food stalls.
Live music included bands like fan favourites Mi3 who played an awesome set on the Main Stage. The sounds of Purple Rain and Hendrix’s “Foxey Lady” floating out over Poole Quay was quite literally, sweet music to our ears ;)
Did you know?
Poole has a long history of fantastic live music. In the 1960’s almost every pub would be alive to the sound of music!
If you missed out on this festival, fear not! Check out our video below and of course, there’s loads more great festivals in Poole & Sandbanks to enjoy all year round and we’ll be adding them all right here on SandbanksBeach.co.uk!