LIGHTING up a Denbighshire landmark has proved to be a big hit.

Parts of a World Heritage Site have been lit up with special illuminations for three weeks this month.

Sections of the 11-mile stretch of Llangollen Canal, which is named as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, have been lit up to mark 10 years since gaining its status.

In Chirk, the aqueduct, viaduct and ‘Darkie’ tunnel were all be lit up by lighting company Enlightened.

Areas elsewhere along the stretch of canal, including the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the Horseshoe Falls in Llangollen, were also be lit up.

Funding of up to £45,000 for the project was given by Visit Wales, the Canal and River Trust and Denbighshire Council.

Cllr Hugh Evans, the leader of Denbighshire County Council, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in helping to stage this fantastic event.

"The luminaire was a chance to showcase Denbighshire and all it has to offer.

"It was a stunning way to mark the 10th anniversary of gaining World Heritage status and was an amazing spectacle for visitors and residents alike.

"I am pleased it was such a success.”

The event marked the 10-year anniversary since Thomas Telford’s breath-taking 19th century Pontcysyllte Aqueduct at Trevor Basin was given the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2009.

It also coincided with the hosting of the UK's World Heritage Annual Conference and AGM in Llangollen, entitled ‘Making The Most Of World Heritage’ on October 7-8.