Residents and visitors have a one off opportunity to see the Iron Bridge illuminated in all its sculptural glory on Thursday (Oct 1) – as Telford takes part in the Night of Heritage Light.
This is part of a national celebration organised by the Society of Light and Lighting, which includes illuminating a string of UNESCO World Heritage sites across the country.
The aim is to mark the International Year of Light, which co-ordinates activities so that people of all ages and backgrounds can gain an appreciation of the central role of light in science and culture.
The event runs from 7-10pm, giving people a three hour time window to drop into Ironbridge and see the bridge and access tunnels either side lit up with both LED light in a range of colours..
Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture, said: “Thursday night promises to be a fantastic event – it will be a great spectacle to see the Ironbridge illuminated.
“We are delighted that the Society of Light and Lighting has chosen Telford to take part in the Night of Heritage Light – it is fantastic for the borough’s profile.
“I am sure that people will make an evening of it and take advantage of the fantastic bars and restaurants in Ironbridge, which will all be open. The best vantage point to view the bridge is from The Wharfage.”
Liz Peck, president of the Society of Light and Lighting, said: “UNESCO is dedicated to preserving our historic sites across the world. This event is an opportunity to show how lighting transforms our landscapes and brings history to life.”
People attending on Thursday night are asked to park at either the Museum of the Gorge or in the Station Road car park on the south bank of the River Severn.