North Devon WI dress up as pirates to meet former hostage
COLIN Darch was once captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia. He spent 47 days as a hostage. Held at gun point, the pirates extorted £437,000 for the release of Mr Darch and his crew of five. He wanted to tell the Women’s Institute about it. They wanted to listen. WI treasurer Steph George heard that Mr Darch was to talk about piracy. So. She and 14 fellow WI members dressed up as pirates. She tells the BBC:
“I unfortunately thought it would be a good idea to dress up as pirates. Mr Darch came in and said he had been held hostage by Somali pirates. It was embarrassing, but he was such a great chap and he wasn’t offended.”
Mr Darch adds:
“”There were nine pirates, all armed, with another 20 to 25 who kept coming and going. They were a bit nonplussed, but it didn’t bother me. They had all made an effort. Most of them seemed to be wearing false moustaches and funny hats, it looked like a rehearsal for Pirates of Penzance… One lady even had a parrot on her shoulder, but it was actually a fluffy chick.