THOUSANDS of people gathered on New Brighton promenade for the seaside town's annual Pirate Fest.

An estimated 5,000 watched swashbuckling extravaganza The Battle for Devil's Nest which took place on Saturday and Sunday.

It celebrated the history of pirates and much more, including two stunning stars of the sea taking part - a pair of specially created galleons.

One lead the parade and become the stage for musical entertainment featuring a host of local bands.

The larger craft were at the centre of the much-awaited cannon battle.

Organisers had put together a fabulous free weekend of diverse fun events for every member of the family.

Wooden cannon trails featured in the festival were created by students from Wirral Metropolitan College.

Co-ordinator Cathy Roberts told the Globe: "It was a fantastic event.

"Business and community groups have pulled out all the stops to show New Brighton at its very best.

"We were also particularly thrilled by the wonderful woodworking talents of Wirral Met College students who have worked tirelessly to create our wooden cannon trails."

Special attractions included a pirate and mermaid parade as well as cannon, musket and sword-fighting displays and inter-active workshops.

There were also performances from local bands while children had a chance to take part face painting and Lord Rockpoint's Treasure Trail.

There was also a wide range of food and drink to enjoy throughout the Victoria Quarter in addition to the promenade favourites.

Themed games include Walk the Plank; Peg A Pirate; Message in a Bottle and No-Lose Treasure Tombola.