Underneath the Arches returned to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct for the fifth year last week – with over 3,000 people enjoying an amazing firework & pyrotechnic display alongside some of the best local bands in the area.
Hosted by Oli Kemp from Heart Radio, revellers listened to local bands 32 Red, The Moments and Bobcat Billy’s Moonshine Mission – before headline band the Rhythm Train played through until the firework show started at 10.45pm.
Throughout the evening, as darkness fell – the 126ft tall pillars of Thomas Telford’s aqueduct slowly lit up to help celebrate the 8th year of the site being recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Speaking about the importance of the site, destination manager at Wrexham Council Joe Bickerton said: “The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – and the whole 11-mile stretch of this World Heritage Site – continues to be as popular as ever and the number of local and global tourists that it attracts has done wonders for Wrexham’s visitor appeal over the last 8-years.
“A night of celebration such as this just serves to further raise awareness of the site – and give something back to the local community through both a good party like we’ve just had, plus a donation of profits to help local projects for residents in both Trevor, Froncysyllte and Garth.”
The evening was also hailed as a success by those involved in organising it – and head of events at Wrexham Council, Amanda Davies added: “The event continues to go from strength to strength – and everybody has had a great time.
“Two years ago, we hit a tipping point where the event was too popular, so we’ve listened to local residents and the changes that we’ve made since have taken Underneath the Arches to another level in terms of family enjoyment and fun.
“The fireworks are always the highlight of the evening and Festival Fireworks from Cefn Mawr do a world class job each year. We must also thank the safety team from Wrexham Football Club for making the evening run smoothly – along with local firm Amberon Traffic Management and the Acrefair Football Club and Canal & River Trust for giving us permission each year to stage the event!”