A “PIRATES weekend” in Stourport has been hailed a success by organisers.

Captain Slyther and his pirate ship, The Flying Pig, were seen lurking at Stourport canal basins on Sunday and Monday.

Visitors also took a trip aboard the canal trip boat, Dreamcatcher and families scoured the town and basins to hunt for clues to the secret password to unlock the pirates’ treasure chest.

Children had their faces painted and went dressed as pirates before attempting the trail, with Pirate Ted holding clues.

Visitors also explored the British Waterways historic working boat, Scorpio and the Old Ticket Office Heritage Room.

Two pirates were seen at York Street lock, searching passing boats for new recruits, while pirates were also found at Playland and Treasure Island Amusements.

Customers of the Hollybush pub, which was flying the skull and crossbones flag, were served by pirates and several shops decorated their windows in the pirate theme.

Liz Sheerin, manager, Stourport Forward, said: “We had such a great weekend, despite some very heavy rain on Sunday.

“It was wonderful to see so many families completing the trail and all the activities at the basins, town and riverside meadows. It was fantastic to see so many children arrive dressed as pirates.“ Barratt West Midlands and the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), through Destination Worcestershire, helped fund the event, which is part of an annual programme of events for the basins.

Support in developing the event was also provided by Stourport local policing team and a team of Stourport Forward volunteers.

For more details, visit stourporttown.co.uk or call the Stourport Forward office on 01299 822827.