ICONIC STRUCTURE TO SHINE AS A BEACON FOR SPECIAL 10 YEAR CELEBRATION
A LUMINAIRE of iconic structures along the eleven-mile corridor of the Dee Valley’s World Heritage site near Llangollen [North East Wales] is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the area this month.
The event runs from 7-27 October and marks the 10-year anniversary since Thomas Telford’s breath-taking nineteenth century Pontcysyllte Aqueduct at Trevor Basin was given the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2009.
It also coincides with the hosting of the UKs World Heritage Annual Conference and AGM in Llangollen, entitled ‘Making The Most Of World Heritage’ on 7-8 October.
Each site is unique and is either graded, a scheduled monument or both and will be lit up by expert lighting company Enlightened of Bristol for two hours each evening from 7.30pm – 9.30pm.
The sites to be lit up are as follows:
Aqueduct, Chirk (Grade II Scheduled Monument)
Viaduct, Chirk (Grade II)
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Trevor (Grade I Scheduled Monument)
Dinas Bran Castle, Llangollen (Scheduled Monument)
Horseshoe Falls, Llangollen (Grade II)
Organisers believe the spectacle, that places the 126ft structure at the centre of the celebrations, will come to life under the cover of darkness and encourage locals and tourists to explore the five structures along the stretch of the Llangollen Canal from Llangollen to Chirk, within the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is intended to extend the length of the 2019 tourism season to boost the local economy of the area.