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Pirates 2008

Over the weekend 25-26 October, thousands of people visited Gloucester Docks to enjoy a wide range of activities linked to the theme of Pirates! The replica of Cabot's ship
Matthew was a popular attraction as a pirate ship. A variety of historical re-enactment groups and music makers were performing each day, and there were many activities for children.

A group of sailors from Nelson's time demonstrated boat drill and firing a swivel gun.

Another re-enactment group made a fine show of firing three cannons.

Viking and Saxon crews staged a mock battle, including shooting arrows and throwing spears.

Also present were two Royal Navy patrol vessels normally used for training university students.

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