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LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RIVER RALLY!

SATURDAY JULY 13th 2019

This year's River Rally will take place on Saturday 13th July. .  Sponsored by Pembroke Town Council, the River Rally has become something of a tradition in Pembroke, an opportunity to see that contentious barrage gate lowered to allow boats to enter the Castle Pond.

On arriving at Pembroke's South Quay, the Mayor declares “This river rally is to exercise the right of passage up and down the Pembroke River for the people of Pembrokeshire."

 This is the actual reason behind the river rally: it dates back to the building of the barrage when the Council insisted that the rights of navigation of the Pembroke River be maintained and the gate be lowered by demand: the County Council has to maintain the mechanism.

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DIRECTIONS FOR THE 2019 RIVER RALLY

 

The River Rally is a reminder of Pembroke's once great maritime past when the Pembroke River was of vital importance to Pembroke.  Pembroke’s medieval charters granted it a monopoly of sea trade in Milford Haven which brought great prosperity.  Whilst Pembroke’s importance as a port declined in the 19th century, due to the coming of the railway, the sea remained a main highway until well into the 20th century when the last of the coastal traders, the Kathleen & May, made that last trip up the Pembroke River to the North Quay in around 1960.

 

DAVID JAMES WINS POINT OF LIGHT AWARD

For his efforts in driving the fundraising in his local community to pay for a new memorial to the crew and passengers of the Japanese merchant ship, Hirano Maru, sunk in the last weeks of World War One, David James has won the prestigious Point of Light award.

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