Ghost Town is the theme of this year’s River of Lights lantern parade; a celebration of Pembrokeshire’s county town highlighting the true spirit of Haverfordwest. Join 1000’s of people to watch this magical event or make a lantern at one of the workshops and participate! This will be an unmissable spectacle to welcome in the winter.
This year we are challenging the perception that when the shops shut and the sun goes down Haverfordwest becomes a ‘ghost town’; we’re unearthing the extraordinary stories from the past that lurk down every alleyway.
Time and time again Haverfordwest has been reinvigorated by ordinary people who care. Two such extraordinary, ordinary people will be joining the procession this year, carrying gifts from their own time to bestow on the present inhabitants of Pembrokeshire.
The first is Joane Cheate who appeared from nowhere in 1652; just when the town needed her most! Working as a plague nurse, she bought kindness and care to strangers and now bestows this gift on the twenty-first century.
The second is William Owen, winging his way (with his trusty hound) from Victorian Wales, he was quite literally instrumental in building the town as the architect of New Bridge and Shire Hall and brings his gift of making things happen to today’s Haverfordwest.
This year, SPAN arts Cheerful project are taking the lead, and afterwards Haverhub invites everyone back to the Old Post Office where there will be a licensed bar, street food and music.