Captain Gruff, Pirate Pete, Captain Ron and Captain Redfeather treated Ladysmith Primary School students to pirate jokes and songs at Brown Drive Park on May 25. (Cole Schisler photo)

Captain Gruff, Pirate Pete, Captain Ron and Captain Redfeather treated Ladysmith Primary School students to pirate jokes and songs at Brown Drive Park on May 25. (Cole Schisler photo)

“The pirates are home!” LMS pirates surprise Ladysmith students at Storybook Walk

The appearance of Ladysmith’s pirates comes as Kid’s Pirate Day is set to begin

Ladysmith Primary School students were treated to a swashbuckling surprise at the Brown Drive Park Storybook Walk when pirates from the Ladysmith Maritime Society showed up at their hometown park.

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Students were treated to this week’s story: The Pirates Are Coming! by John Condon. The story is a take on The Boy Who Cried Wolf, with a twist that the pirates aren’t coming for nefarious reasons, they just live in that seaside community.

LPS Grade Two students had completed the storybook walk when LMS pirates, Captain Gruff, Pirate Pete, Captain Ron and Captain Red Feather arrived. Pirate Pete blew into a large conch shell and students came running from every end of Brown Drive Park to welcome the pirates home.

The appearance of Ladysmith’s pirates comes as Kid’s Pirate Day is set to begin. Students were given little treasure packs and instructions for their parents about how to get involved with Kid’s Pirate Day, which starts on May 31.

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LPS students regularly attend the Storybook Walk, which is just a short distance away from the school. Students have Storybook Walk passports where they write their thoughts and feelings about the story of the week.

This is the first time a community organization has partnered up with the LRCA and LPS to tie in a story to an event in the community.

“It’s fantastic,” LPS principal Shona Sneddon said. “We know how hard the Maritime Society works to get back to the weekend of Kid’s Pirate Day, so to incorporate it with [the Storybook Walk] is really great.”

Peter “Pirate Pete” MacHardy, Dan “Captain Gruff” Lutz, Gerry “Captain Redfeather” Beltgens and Ron “Captain Ron” Dale were thrilled to treat Ladysmith’s kids to some pirate shenanigans at Brown Drive Park. (Cole Schisler photo)

Peter “Pirate Pete” MacHardy, Dan “Captain Gruff” Lutz, Gerry “Captain Redfeather” Beltgens and Ron “Captain Ron” Dale were thrilled to treat Ladysmith’s kids to some pirate shenanigans at Brown Drive Park. (Cole Schisler photo)