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Thousands attend Underneath the Arches festival

By Dominic Robertson | Entertainment | Published:

Thousands of people turned out for one of the region's most picturesque summer festivals.

The annual Underneath the Arches festival saw crowds pack the fields underneath the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, on the Shropshire border.

The Friday night crowd was treated to a host of musical performances with a spectacular fireworks display rounding off the evening.

Scores of families attended the event, with deckchairs an picnic blankets covering the field.

Rhythm Train headlined the evening and performed up until the fireworks at 11pm.

Other bands performing included 32. Red, The Moments, and Bobcat Billy’s Moonshine Mission.

The event was widely praised on social media and safety manager Martin Bradley thanked those who helped make it a success.

He said: "From a safety manager's perspective may I thank all my stewards for the fantastic job they did as usual, Cynergy staff who are the best in switching from door staff to meeters and greeters, the council events and tourism team for their tireless efforts for months before, the St John, Police and Amberon, who joined in so well, the professional stage and firework teams who made my job easy, all the concessions and most of all the public who came and partied. You danced to all the wonderful artists and made it the great success it was. A final mention to the residents who willingly suffer for this one night a year, thank you for putting up with us, we try to improve each year."

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