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Fireworks underneath aqueduct arches for annual spectacular - in photos

By Sue Austin | Llangollen | Mid Wales entertainment | Published:

There were fireworks and fabulous music, dancing and downpours at the Underneath the Arches spectacular.

The World Heritage Site, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct played host to what has become a popular annual event at the weekend.

After weeks of not a spot of rain the heavens opened for the festival goers.

Undaunted thousands sheltered under brollies and donned plastic macs to enjoy the music until the rain cleared.

The festival has become a well known family fun event.

Voted as North Wales’ best event and finalists for Best in Wales in previous year Underneath the Arches combines sound and light in spectacular style.

The aqueduct, built by Thomas Telford to carry the Llangollen canal, was illuminated for the occasion and the evening ended with a bang - in a massive firework display.

Gav Jones from the band, Break The Record, said: "Despite the rain, this event was fantastic, great organisation, fantastic crowd and superb music.

"We thoroughly enjoyed performing at the event and we hope to come back in the near future. We would highly recommend it to anyone for a great family night out under those famous arches."

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Sallyann Morris from Ellesmere, at the event with family and friends said the rain didn't stop them having a great time.

The aqueduct was first illuminated in 2012 in a family event and proved so popular it has been repeated each year and has grown to become a major event.

It is held to celebrate the aqueduct, and the 11 miles of the Llangollen Canal that is carried over it, being awarded World Heritage Site status in 2009. The award put the aqueduct on par with other global wonders including the Taj Mahal in India and the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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