Parrot fun for the young pirates

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Bosses at a major tourist attraction are attracting swashbuckling visitors to a pirate camp - by enlisting a pet parrot.

Charlie the 32-year-old blue and gold macaw saw off competition from three other birds to land the role at Legoland in Windsor in the Castaway Camp, which is part of a new pirate adventure play area.

Charlie's owner Peter Bloom, 55, from Pickering, North Yorkshire, has had the bird for 30 years since he bought her in Scotland where she was hatched.

Mr Bloom said he believed the macaw was chosen for the role as she can roll over and play dead.

Legoland spokeswoman Lauren Moss said: "We were very impressed by all our candidates. In fact, they were all so gifted, picking the perfect parrot for the post was incredibly tough. The resort and this hotel is all about colour, fun, surprises and, of course, making children smile, which any one of these birds could do.

"But Charlie just had that extra touch of piratey mischief and we think she will fit right in when she takes up her special Lego parrot perch next month. She'll meet and greet guests here in our reception area and we know they will love her."

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