PIRATE Pete has become an iconic part of Hervey Bay's Esplanade.

Over the past seven years, he has made both tourists and Fraser Coast residents smile and laugh through his witty antics.

The man behind the swords, pirate hair and jokes is Ian Dinte, but he is more commonly known as the Character Man.

"I'm Captain Feathersword to the kids and Johnny Depp to the adults," he joked.

 

Fraser Coast's 'Character Man' in the form of Pirate Pete, poses for a photo with young Aria Brown.
Fraser Coast's 'Character Man' in the form of Pirate Pete, poses for a photo with young Aria Brown. Annie Perets

 

Aside from the fun and games, Mr Dinte is also on a very important mission: to raise funds for Hervey Bay Special School.

"It started seven years ago when the school didn't have air conditioning in classrooms," he said.

"I never ask for money, people just keep giving."

To date, he has raised thousands.

"My only request is that it gets spent on the children," Mr Dinte said.

Situated in front of Pirates Cave Souvenirs & Gifts, Mr Dinte also acts as a tourism ambassador when taking the form of Pirate Pete.

It's not uncommon for him to direct visitors to where they need to go while providing plenty of smiles.

"I'm like an information booth," he said.

"Tourists want to know where to go and what to do, and recommendations.

"I have a lot of fun with the tourists, and see them smile and laugh."

Mr Dinte also makes regular appearance at the Pier Park Markets where he has introduced a new skill - balloon-making.

"I make pirate swords, which really helps in the fundraising," he said.

 

An iconic feature of the Esplande in Hervey Bay is Pirate Pete. He is portrayed by the Fraser Coast's own Character Man (Ian Dinte).
An iconic feature of the Esplande in Hervey Bay is Pirate Pete. He is portrayed by the Fraser Coast's own Character Man (Ian Dinte). Annie Perets

"I've also learnt how to make dogs, do love hearts for the ladies and have made a butterfly."

You can find Pirate Pete in front of Pirates Cave Souvenirs & Gifts during school-holiday periods.

"I always joke that I'm the only person that police wave to, but don't take away," he said.



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