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Poole pirates descend on Faversham grave

St Mary's of Charity church, Faversham.
St Mary's of Charity church, Faversham.

Faversham's set to be invaded by pirates today!

The market town will be surrounded by marauding masses, in the shape of the Poole Pirates, who will be swashbuckling their way from the Dorset town to see the burial spot of 'pirate' Harry Pay.

Harry, otherwise known as Arripay, was, in the 15th century, the scourge of the French fleets, and is credited with 'acquiring' 120 French vessels on a Paris raid.

He is also reputed to have liberated enough alcohol to keep the whole of Poole drunk for a month!

Henry V granted Mr Pay a licence to press into service as many able-bodied men as necessary for his exploits.

Today, around 25 'Poole Pirates' will be visiting St Mary of Charity church, where Harry ended his days and is buried.

It's believed a plaque and scroll will be presented... before the jolly pirates retire for a tour of the Shepherd Neame brewery nearby.

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