Pirates descend on Carradale for Harrrr-bour Day

Pirate captain Eleanor Bennett threatens Tony and Margaret Leighton as Cameron McNair laughs at their predicament. Photograph: Alasdair Bennett.
Pirate captain Eleanor Bennett threatens Tony and Margaret Leighton as Cameron McNair laughs at their predicament. Photograph: Alasdair Bennett.

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A record number of Kintyre residents and visitors – including several pirates – dropped anchor in Carradale for the village’s annual Harbour Day.

Many saw last Saturday’s outdoors event as an early opportunity to meet up and chat with others not seen for so long because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced the cancellation of last year’s event.

Organisers had erected new, colourful gazebos but were blessed with a dry day and a light breeze.

Visitors perused the wares on 20 stalls including preserves, chocolate, handicrafts and RNLI goodies.

They also enjoyed games including a treasure map with prizes donated by Glen Scotia Distillery.

They were fed with burgers, mackerel and herring, as well as rolls and home-baking from Saddell and Carradale Guild, and were watered by pop-up-pub the Clam Dredge, and gin and cocktails from Beinn an Tuirc Distillers.

A spokesperson for Carradale Harbour Enterprises Ltd which organises the Harbour Day said: ‘Thank you to everyone who supported the event and went along on the day.’