Pirates ran riot in Nelson on Saturday night. They were after treasure argh, lots of it to take to the Caribbean.
They were looking for $100,000, so that 16 dancing children, eight parents and three teachers from the Wakatu Dance Theatre can get to Jamaica for the Unesco Dance and the Child International festival in August.
Sword-fighting George Stevenson was in the thick of the tug-of-war battle and treasure hunt on Saturday. The four-year-old has been a pirate for two years and is known to sleep in his pirate’s hat.
The pirate riot raised $1500, which will be added to the treasure trove of $35,000 raised so far. That will allow $2000 for each child to get to Kingston. According to “Kash ’em in” Kate Burton, who is a dance teacher, one pirate parent was heard to say the night was such fun they should do it every Saturday, in response to which the other parents collapsed, exhausted.