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PEMBROKESHIRE. NARBERTH.—THE MARRIAGE OF THE PRINCE OP WALES.—The inhabitants were agreeably awoke about 5 o'clock on the morning of Tuesday last by a merry peal of bells from the Old Church. At 9 a committee, composed of Thomas Lewis, Esq., Messrs. J Evans, T. Smyth, W. Jones, J. P. Hitchings, J. P. Thomas, W. Phillips, and others, met at the Market House, to distribute beef, currants, &c., to the poor,—each poor person having been previously provided with a ticket. Upwards of 500 lbs. of beef and the same quantity of flour and currants were given away. Every one seemed pleased with the orderly manner in which everything was conducted, and those for whose benefits such exer- tions were made were especially thankful for having the food to be carried home to be shared between their families. At 1 o'clock a large concourse of people proceeded to a field near the Rutzen Hotel, to witness the rustic sports, which commenced with a flat race for men, for 200 yards, and wound up with a climb over a greasy pole for a leg of mutton. The stewards who conducted the sports were Messrs. J. Evans, J. Collins, J. Griffiths, and T. Smyth. At 3, the children of the National School met at the Bridge Schoolroom, where they were regaled with tea, cake, &c., at the expense of Mrs. Thos. Lewis, St. James' -street, and a few of the ladies of Narberth. At 6, the Choral Class, con- ducted by Mr. Geo. Dawkins, met at the Town Hall, and afterwards sang God bless the Prince of Wales," composed by Brinley Richards, in two or three parts of the town, finishing upon the Square with the National Anthem. At 8 the pyrotechnic display commenced in the Square (a stand having been previously erected) by the discharge of a maroon, imitating a 12 lbs. can- nonade, and it was kept up by the discharge of Bengal lights," Asteroid Rockets," &c., &c., and wound up with the discharge of a maroon. Too much praise cannot be bestowed upon J. Maule Sutton, Esq M.D., of Bloomfield, for his kindness in procuring the fire- works (many places being deprived of them), and also for the masterly manner in which, they were put off by him. The old town upon this occasion presented quite a holiday appearance, beautiful garlands being hung across the streets in various places, the shops all closed, and every one seemed determined to enjoy himself. PEMBROKE. — MARKIAGE REJOICINGS. That the much talked of and joyously expected day had arrived at length was proclaimed by a royal salute from the guns at the fort barracks at 6 a.m., and as day broke many an anxious face was turned upward in a futile endeavour to determine whether some suspicious looking clouds that floated hither and thither, intended to throw cold water on the day's sport or not; an hour or two passed and the vagrant clouds were no longer visible, but a tolerably clear sky gave promise of a fine day, and in every direction floating flags, and bright eyes beaming, seemed to say that the people of this neigh- bourhood had made up their minds to rejoice in earnest. In Pembroke the poor were gladdened by meat and money being distributed amongst them. In the after- noon there were rustic sports, and the Sunday School children were treated to tea, &c., in the Castle. In the evening there were a volunteer ball, some fireworks, and a large bonfire near the elm tree. In Pembroke-dock there was a distribution of money among the poor, a royal salute at noon, and at 2 pm the children of the Sunday Schools congregated in Albion-square, where they sang appropriate melodies, then marched off, headed by the Juvenile Rechabite drum and fife band, the Dock- yard brass band being about the middle of the proces- sion. It was indeed a pleasant sight to see this battalion of little ones, upwards of two thousand, wearing their wedding favours, and carrying their banners, flags, and streamers. After marching through the shrubberies in the dockyard and around the town, they branched off to their schoolrooms, where a comfortable tea awaited them. At 4 o'clock there was a Public Dinner at the Victoria Motel, at the close of which the Royal Pair was duly toasted and honoured, and at night a monster bonfire blazed forth on the hill-side, near Prospect-place. This was immediately responded to by a similar one at New Milford, then followed at intervals of a few minutes a grand display of rockets, Roman candles, and co loured lights, which lasted until about 9 p.m., during this time a large crowd of persons had gathered in f'ont of the Dockyard Gate, which was brilliantly illuminated by a very tasty device in gas. The centre, a magnificent star, surmounted by a plume of feathers, with the scroll Ich Dien," and the initial A on each side of the plume, with a star underneath. At a quarter to nine the gates were thrown open, and the public allowed to go to the front of the yard at the water side to see the illumination of the guard ship, H.M.S. Blenheim. At nine o'clock the first gun of the salute flashed forth from the ship, and simultaneously there appeared at each of the yard- arms a bright blue light. The effect was almost elec- trical. Not a sound was heard but the heavy booming of the guns, when the smoke had cleared away from the ship the lights appeared still more beautiful, and sus- pended in the main rigging there were the letters A.A." in yellow lights, a double row of lights around the nettings, and a light in each port-hole. The Saturn, hospital ship, and the Lightning, steam tender, dis- played coloured lights. Altogether it was one of those scenes which words fail to describe We have seen illuminations at home and abroad, but have never wit- nessed anything equal to the last scene in the day's rejoicings at Pembroke-dock.