Underneath the Arches event at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct goes off with a bang 


Jonathan Grieve

Thousands of revellers turned out to make the return of Underneath the Arches a roaring success.

About 3,000 visitors gathered for the music and light spectacular with a family-friendly atmosphere at Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nestled under the towering 126ft pillars of the aqueduct is the Bont playing field, which was transformed into a picnic field for the evening entertainment.

With live music from bands The Rhythm Train, 32 Red, The Moments and Bobcat Billy’s Moonshine Mission, the evening wrapped up with a spectacular laser and firework show high above the Dee Valley.

Joe Bickerton, destination manager at Wrexham Council, said the event was a huge success.

He said: “The biggest thing for us is the celebration of the World Heritage Site.

“We had about 3,000 people there and it was a good mix of the local community and visitors making their way into the area.

“It is part of our annual celebration of having a World Heritage status and it is really important for us that people do come from outside the area.

“If they come it is likely that they will stay and provide a boost for local businesses.”

Mr Bickerton said the event, which is now in its fifth year, would not likely get any bigger – but they were always looking at how to make it better.

He said: “A couple of years ago we probably had it bigger but we listened to feedback and reduced the capacity so people had a bit more space.

“It is also a quiet area during the week and we want to make sure the community has as little disruption as possible.”



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