Ahoy there me hearties! Redcar Racecourse is all shipshape for its annual Caribbean Carnival Day on Saturday.

The Jolly Roger will be hoisted at the popular seaside course for 7 races combined with lashings of family fun.

Pirates will be telling stories of life on the high seas and teaching pirate chants to young landlubbers. Children and adults can also enter a Caribbean Fancy Dress Competition – in either a pirate costume or a grass skirt!

Entrance to the Course Enclosure costs £6 (£5 for senior citizens). Entrance to the Grandstand is £16 (£13 for senior citizens). Gates open at 11.30am, with the first race at 1.30pm.

Picnics with a limited amount of alcohol (four cans of beer/half a bottle of wine per person) are welcome in the Course Enclosure but BBQs and gazebos should be left at home.

General manager Amy Fair said: “Caribbean Carnival Day is always popular with families because it has such a feel-good atmosphere – come and join in the fun.”

TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD, HERE’S  OUR TOP 12 PIRATE JOKES…

What’s a pirate’s favourite racecourse? Redcaaaaaaaar!

What horse did the pirate back? Shergaaaaaar!

What did the pirate drink at the races? Red Rum

What do you call a pirate going to the races? Piracy

Which football team do pirates support? Aaaaaarsenal.

Who’s a pirate’s favourite Star Wars character? Aaaaar-2-D-2.

Why couldn’t the pirate play cards? Because he was sitting on the deck.

How much is a pirate willing to pay to get his ears pierced? A buck an ear.

What are the only notes a pirate can sing? The High C’s.

Why should you never take a pea from a pirate? Because he becomes irate.

What shivers at the bottom of the ocean? A nervous wreck

Why can’t pirates learn the alphabet? Because they spent years stuck at C.

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