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Bristol Rovers' fans in pirate world record attempt
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Fans of Bristol Rovers are being urged to get into the spirit of a world record attempt in May.

The club is going to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most pirates in one place at one time.

The event is set to take place on the morning of the club's last home game of the season against Norwich on 1 May.

All money raised from the attempt will go to the Bristol Urological Institute's (BUI) Prostate Cancer Appeal at Southmead Hospital.

The official world record attempt will take place at 12pm and pirates have to remain in place for 15 minutes to qualify.

Gates will open at 10.30am for the count to begin - more than 2,000 pirates are needed to achieve the record.

It will all take place in the Blackthorn End, with all pirates signing the official log before being counted on to the terraces.

As well as Rovers supporters, the club are also looking for local residents, pirate fans and fancy dress lovers to take part in the attempt.

'PIRATES' MUST WEAR:
A pirate style hat, bandana, or 'kerchief
An eye patch
An accessory - fake sword, parrot etc
Appropriate shirt - striped shirt, white t-shirt or shirt
Appropriate trousers - pantaloons, tatty trousers or rolled-up trousers

The idea was thought up by a pirate loving fan, known only as Captain Gas, who will be helping to organise the event.

The BUI's Prostate Cancer Appeal aims to seek public awareness, and vital research, into improved diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Prostate cancer affects 35,000 men each year in the UK and causes over 10,000 deaths, almost as many men as breast cancer affects women.

The BUI's fundraising manager Terri McDonald said: "If prostate cancer is detected early, the chances of it being successfully treated are greatly improved.

"Researchers at the BUI at Southmead Hospital and the University of the West of England are working together on a project into early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer."

For more information and to register your interest, visit the Bristol Rovers fans World Record attempt Facebook group or visit the North Bristol NHS Trust Facebook page.




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