Listen! There might have been a whole month to go to Christmas, but that didn’t stop Tenby Salvation Army band from playing carols at Pembroke Craft Fair on Saturday.
The carol We Three Kings was composed for a Christmas Pageant by John Henry Hopkins Jr in 1857 during his final year at the General Theological Seminary in New York. It celebrates the visit of the Magi to the child Jesus. Bible accounts don’t specify that they were three in number, but there were three gifts mentioned, and a whole folk heritage has grown around the names and origins of the characters in the carol.
The band was not only serenading shoppers as they passed the Town Hall, but also visitors to the Christmas Craft Fair - of which there were still plenty, despite the huge Christmas Market taking place at the Castle.
The video below will give you some impression of what was on offer from the many stall holders on Saturday. We apologise, though, for the over-hasty panning in our efforts not to spook anyone.
Did you know that a similar craft market takes place at the Town Hall in Pembroke every Wednesday?
Regular stalls include Pembrokeshire sea glass art, locally turned wood, carvings and walking canes, homemade chutneys and jams, fabrics, clothing, cards, coasters and much more.
Market organiser is local historian and author Greg Howes, whose own ‘Demetae Forge’ stall offers brass and copper handmade jewellery in an ancient style, often enhanced with colourful verdigris - natural colours that occur when the metals oxidise.
The Craft Fair is open from 11am to 4.30pm each week through the year.