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Plans to light up Hadrian's Wall

Artist's impression of illuminations on Hadrian's Wall
Artist's impression of Hadrian's Wall illuminations

Plans to create a line of light across England along the path of Hadrian's Wall have been revealed.

As part of British Tourism Week in March 2010, the wall's 84 mile (135 km) length will be illuminated by about 500 individual points of light.

The first will be lit at Wallsend on Tyneside, then make its way to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria an hour later.

The event will be filmed by helicopter, and people will be able view the line from a number of stewarded points.

Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of Hadrian's Wall Heritage Ltd, said: "In partnership with local people, we wanted to do something really quite extraordinary to bring to life Britain's longest and greatest piece of heritage and celebrate the landscape of Hadrian's Wall Country.

"What could be more spectacular than a line of light that will stretch from coast to coast illuminating this stunning World Heritage Site?"

The event is being produced by John Farquhar-Smith who was the technical director for the eight-minute "handover ceremony" for London 2012 at the closing of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He said: "Our aim is to capture the public's imagination with an event that will show the immense scale and beauty of Hadrian's Wall and the countryside, villages, towns and cities that it runs through."



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