Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wonder Wall; Line of Light to Form Amazing Spectacle

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wonder Wall; Line of Light to Form Amazing Spectacle

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Byline: Tony Henderson

HADRIAN'S Wall will be lit from east to west coast in an atmospheric event targeted at a national and international audience.

Gaslights placed at 500 points in 250-metre intervals will illuminate the length of the 84-mile Wall national trail from Wallsend on Tyneside across Northumberland to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria.

One of the main aims will be to highlight the vast scale of the world heritage site and its landscape.

It is hoped that extensive TV coverage will spread the spectacle abroad.

A separate camera crew will film the line of light as it progresses from Wallsend to the west coast with pictures being beamed to giants screens in Carlisle and at two major events in the North East, details of which will be revealed later.

It is estimated that lighting the Wall will generate pounds 1m in extra visitor spending as people roll up for the weekend to witness the sight.

The venture, led by Hexham-based Hadrian's Wall Heritage Ltd , will take place on March 13 as a flagship event for British Tourism Week 2010.

It will also be part of the programme of events by culture 10 in the North East, whose theme for 2009-10 is landscape and heritage.

"The Wall is a great combination of landscape and heritage and its illumination would be a spectacular combination of both," said Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of Hadrian's Wall Heritage.

One of the attractions will be to watch the line of light creep across the country, but there will be a period of around 20 minutes when the whole Wall is lit up.

The plan is to stage the event at dusk, when elements of the surrounding landscape will still be eerily visible.

"It will be a huge technical challenge. But we will be trying to communicate an understanding of the Wall and raise its profile as a wonderful world heritage site," said Linda. …

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