Over the Moon Lantern Parade is a Huge Success

James Ross, Head of West Wales Freemasons with Kathryn Lambert, Director of Span Arts

Thousands of people gathered in Haverfordwest for the Span Arts “Over the Moon” Lantern Parade on Thursday 31st October 2019. Most were carrying lanterns which they had made themselves at lantern workshops which were held across Pembrokeshire during October.


Heavy rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the hardy Pembrokeshire folk and the parade marched to the beat of Samba DOC the lively percussion band based in Pembroke Dock.


The event celebrated space, the night sky and 50 years since man first landed on the moon. The inclement weather meant that the start of the parade was moved from HaverHub to Castle Square, the route taking the large procession up Haverfordwest High Street, along Dark Street, past St Martin’s Church and in to Haverfordwest Castle. The Castle had been beautifully lit by Stage Lighting Services.


Kathryn Lambert of Span Arts said: “From all at Span we would like to say a huge thank you to all our funders Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru / Arts Council of Wales, Pembrokeshire County Council, Haverfordwest Town Council, Leader, West Wales Freemasons, PLANED and the CWBR project, who without, events like these would not happen. And an extra special thanks to HaverHub for all their support when it came to last-minute changes.


James Ross, Head of West Wales Freemasons said: “This wonderful community event embodies our core values of integrity, respect, friendship and charity.” “We were delighted to be able to come to the rescue when we heard that the event was in doubt due to a lack of funding.”

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