The weather was just bad, there was no other word to describe it. A 35 knot gale blowing out of the SE staight onto the main beach.
Yet despite this crowds of people turned up. There were a lot of pirates,
Some wanting to look good.
And some were there for the hidden treasure.
We have had Johnny Depp here lately filming "Priates of the Carabeen" so the blokes were really into the dress ups.
and the proceedings began with the raising of the flag,
with the troupe of Sea Cadets all standing to attention looking very smart.
Then we moved around to Norfolk Beach where Matthew Flinders landed back in the 1790's. The sea cadets marched along the beach track,
to the beat of the Redlands Ladies Marching Band.
We all stood in the cold wind waiting for Finders to arrive. There was such a head wind the little rowing boat could make no headway.
So the pirates had to come to the rescue.
Matthew Flinders landed and claimed the land for England even though it belonged to the Quandamooka people.
Then those pesky pirates turned on him but luckily a couple of redcoats were there with their muskets, which made a terrible noise, and saved the day.
I was so cold we all headed for home for a big bowl of potato and leek soup topped with bacon. And that was Finders day for 2015. I hope it is warmer next year.