AN ICONIC monument on Moel Famau was turned blue in tribute to NHS staff and other frontline workers.

Jubilee Tower at the top of Moel Famau was lit up with the blue flashing lights of North East Wales Search and Rescue's (NEWSAR) emergency vehicles on Thursday night.

The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Denbighshire County Council and NEWSAR team joined forces for the show appreciation of the NHS, social care staff and other frontline key workers.

Numerous people living on both sides of the Clwydian Range hills managed to see the spectacular site of blue lights flashing for 10 minutes from 9pm on Thursday, as darkness fell.

NEWSAR deputy team leader Gerald Davison said: "We are pleased to support the AONB team with this idea.

"We have to regularly give our landrover’s a run out after weekly checks, so this was an ideal opportunity to combine this with giving thanks to the NHS, other emergency services and key workers.

"Just two members were involved to maintain appropriate social distancing at all times.

"NEWSAR has only had one callout since the restrictions on movements, but we are geared up for supporting North Wales Police with missing person searches which we are concerned may increase in these difficult times.

"Please try to support each other to get through the challenges of isolation."

Councillor Tony Thomas, Denbighshire Council cabinet lead member for Housing and Communities, said: “We wanted to show our appreciation of the tremendous amount of great work being carried out by health, social care and other frontline staff who are playing a vital role in helping to protect our communities and reducing the spread of coronavirus.

“What better way to show respect to our local heroes than lighting up our own iconic structure that can be seen for miles”.

"Whilst Moel Famau Country Park is currently closed to visitors we understand how iconic the Jubilee Tower is to the many people who can view the hill from their homes. We are grateful to everyone staying at home and not travelling to the Country Park, Moel Famau will still be here when this is over and we will extend a warm welcome to our visitors then”.