Steampunk and Pirate weekend a success in Ross-on-Wye

By Catherine Barkley in Events

Pirates and Steampunkers descended on Ross at the weekend of July 23rd and 24th, in the grounds of the Hope and Anchor, for a family event, all the while helping to raise money for two local charities, Rocky-Lee’s Little Feet and the Ross-on-Wye Community First Responders.

There was entertainment and re-enactments on offer. Attendees could also enjoy a barbecue, a real ale festival, live music, a variety of stalls, and a morbid museum.

A member of the pirate community, Lewis Griffiths, told the Ross Gazette that he was very happy with how the event panned out. Lewis has been elected by the other members of the group as the Pirate King. He said:?“The bright weather really drew people out, and I think we put on a really good show for them.”

He added:?“I think it could become an annual event, and I’m certainly hoping it can be.”

Lewis has been acting as a pirate at events, as a member of the UK Pirate Festival Crew, for around five years. He said that there is a group of people who get together as a pirate community, and they travel all around the country, putting on pirate festivals.

“I always loved the film ‘Muppet Treasure Island, and when I reached 18, I thought ‘I’m just going to do it’, and I didn’t realise there was actually a big community of us who do it as well.”

He added: “It takes all ages. Our youngest is 10, and one of our oldest guys in Brixham is 72 this year.”

The pirates were joined by a group, who donned their finest ‘Steampunk’ costumes. Steampunk is a trend, steadily increasing in popularity, which incorporates technology and aesthetic designs, inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. The style tends to be Victorian-era couture meets punk rock clothing.

The Steampunkers put on a ‘tea duelling’ competition. This tea-drinking-and-biscuit-eating sport sees the competitors dunk biscuits in their tea for a prolonged amount of time, and then attempt to eat their biscuits. There are two judges, the Pot Master and the Tiffin Master, and a series of very strict rules and regulations involved.

The event was organised by Paul and Sarah Amphlett, and they were helped by Debbie McNally, who runs the Hope and Anchor pub.

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