An iconic structure on the border of England and Wales was lit up last night as part of a special celebration.

The beacon of light will adorn the Chirk Aqueduct and Viaduct structures throughout October to mark 10 years of being part of the 11-mile corridor World Heritage Site associated with the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in nearby Trevor.

The spectacle is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the area before it ends on Sunday, October 27.

It also coincides with the hosting of the UK's World Heritage Annual Conference and AGM in Llangollen, entitled ‘Making The Most Of World Heritage', which ends on Tuesday.

Wrexham County Borough Councillor Terry Evans, Executive lead member, member of the World Heritage Status Board, and member for Chirk South, said: “I am looking forward to seeing the structures lit up, further highlighting that the World Heritage Site is an 11-mile corridor and encouraging people to visit more of it.

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Chirk Aqueduct and Viaduct lit up. Picture by Graham Mitchell

"It is great that it will be over a three-week period which will give more people the opportunity to visit and see it.”

The Grade Two listed sites in Chirk are not the only ones to be illuminated with the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Dinas Bran Castle and the Horseshoe Falls, both in Llangollen, also being lit up by expert lighting company Enlightened of Bristol for two hours each evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Adnan Saif, regional director at Canal & River Trust said: “The Llangollen Canal is a beautiful waterway and is a lovely place to visit throughout the year. Research shows that being next to water makes you happier and healthier and this luminaire event will allow visitors to see the canal in a different light whilst helping to celebrate ten years since it became a World Heritage Site.”

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas added: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support this exciting project which is an excellent way of celebrating Pontcysyllte Aqueduct’s tenth anniversary as a World Heritage Site.

"This project is a great example of what can be achieved by working in partnership and how innovative ideas like this can help us make the most of our World Heritage Sites.”

This project would not have been possible without funding from Visit Wales and the National Lottery Heritage Fund and permission being granted from private landowners and also from Network Rail who have given their permission for the Chirk Viaduct to be lit up.

You can keep up to date on Pontcysyllte Aqueduct special events at its dedicated Facebook page or through Twitter or Instagram.