One of the highlights of Pembroke’s calendar has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Pembroke town council have announced that the ‘Michaelmas Fair’ due to take next month has been called off.

The event is seen as a real link with the past as its origins lie in Pembroke’s medieval charters which granted to the people of Pembroke the right to hold markets and fairs.

The annual Michaelmas Fair was formerly a hiring fair when farm workers from the area would come to seek employment.

It also attracted traders and entertainers, prominent names being Haggar, Studt and Danter.

Although it is now entirely a fun fair it still takes place in Pembroke Main Street and is normally opened with great ceremony.

“It is with regret that Pembroke Michaelmas Fair will not take place this year due to the current pandemic,” said a spokesperson for Pembroke town council.

“Due to its location, social distancing will be impossible, and there will be no way to limit people in and out.

“Taking all factors into consideration Pembroke Town Council feel that the safety of the Showmens Guild and the people of Pembroke, must be paramount.

“We look forward to welcoming them back next year.”