Pembroke Town Walls Trust gets Off the Wall

The Vines family linking their hands in front of the gun tower on the southern walls.  

The Vines family linking their hands in front of the gun tower on the southern walls.  

The Vines family were practicing last Saturday for an unusual and unique event to be held in Pembroke on Saturday 19th November at 12 noon.  Local people of all ages will link hands around the entire medieval walled town to replicate the logo of the Pembroke Town Walls Trust, a crown of people holding hands. 

Why? To celebrate Pembroke’s wonderful heritage reflected in the historic stone walls first built by William de Valance to surround and protect the town and its castle in the 13th Century.  To raise awareness of the walls both locally and nationally and the work that the Pembroke Town Walls Trust is doing towards their restoration. 

So the Trust is inviting people – local, not so local, visitors, children, young people, parents, grandparents, absolutely anyone who would like to join in - to gather from 11.30am on the day for the “linking” at 12 noon.  At least 1500 people are needed to provide a human circle all around the town – just 300 families like the Vines will do it!

Gather points will be the Commons Car Park, the South Quay, Barnard’s Tower area and the Foundry House car park.  From there stewards will tell people where to go and make sure that everyone is linked and to keep everyone safe. 

The “linking” will be preceded and followed by guided walks around the walls in the morning and afternoon – Phil Carradice leading a Norman Walk; the Pembroke Civic Trust leading a Town Trail, Pembroke Millponds Action Group leading a Nature Trail and the Pembroke Story group leading a Junior History Detectives walk.  There will be tea and cakes available at Foundry House and at food outlets all around the town.  A full programme with where to go and timings is available on the website or on Facebook.

Funding from the Big Lottery Celebrate programme will cover the costs of the event but children will be able to secure sponsors at £1 each which will go towards the costs of the Trust’s pilot project – the restoration of the walls surrounding the burgage garden behind the Tabernacle URC Church. 

Mark Vines, the Architect for the pilot project, said:  “There are some events that take place in Pembroke that draw the town together, such as the October and summer fairs, but few have the vision to inspire future generations to “see” the walled town and prove that this part of our heritage could be a significant feature of our environment again.  My family is delighted to support this attempt to create a link around the walls.  It will be fun and engaging and send a message that we can have a beautiful walled town again.”

For further information contact:

Elizabeth Gossage
Pembroke Town Walls Trust
c/o Foundry House Community Centre
Orange Way
Pembroke SA71 4DR
01646 680090
07414 471134