Take a World Heritage Site, live music, a spectacular light show, fireworks and glorious weather and what you get is Underneath The Arches. The amazing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was the backdrop for a fun evening out and many people, young and old, took advantage of the lovely summer day to bring their picnics and enjoy the show.
Now you might wonder: a World Heritage Site? In Wales? Well, let me tell you a bit about its history. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is an engineering masterpiece built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop and carries the Llangollen canal over the valley of the River Dee. It was completed in 1805 and is the highest aqueduct in Britain and a World Heritage site. It is 307 m high, (only) 3.4 m wide and 38 m high and supported by 19 pillars. It was built to link the Denbighshire coal mines with the national canal system and for transporting the coal narrow horse drawn boats were used.
To this day you can enjoy a boat ride across it or just walk alongside the trough and as it only provides a railing on the side of the narrow footpath you really get a feel for the height.
Now back to yesterday. The evening started of with live music and as night fell the lights illuminating the aqueduct became easier to see. The grand finale was a ‘silent’ firework (as not to disturb animals). Food was provided by a couple of stalls and for children there was even a small fun fair.
I really enjoyed myself and am looking forward to next year.