Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Pirates taking part in an annual World Walking the Plank championship, at Queenborough Harbour on the Isle of Sheppey, last Sunday almost came a cropper thanks to Nanny.
The competition had been run for 12 years. However, Nanny's local council (Swale Borough Council) was worried that people who jumped into the water may ingest something unpleasant.
I have to say I was under the naive impression that councils were responsible for the cleanliness, or otherwise, of water (be it river, harbour or sea) within their domain.
Anyhoo, the event was allowed to go ahead after organisers brought in their own chemical analyst Michael Young who declared it safe.
Ironically Mike won the competition, as he had done in 2002 and 2004, scoring 102 points out of a possible 120.
He jumped off the plank with his "pogo of death", after setting fire to his top hat.
See, perfectly safe!
The competition judges pirates on their use of pirate language such as "Avast" or "Arrr Matey", original costume, execution of jump and overall star quality.
The event has to warn its contestants that they "could get wet", as part of its insurance.
I would ask this, what exactly would the council actually be able to do to ban it?
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