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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Volunteers sought for aqueduct information point

* Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Volunteers are being sought to help man a visitor information point at the mighty Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Open between Easter and late autumn, it provides information on things to see and do along the World Heritage Site and the rest of Wrexham County Borough and North Wales.

It also gives people the chance to look at tools that were used to build canal barges and maintain the aqueduct in days gone by, watch film footage and offers youngsters the chance to build a model aqueduct from wooden blocks, complete a quiz and try their hand at other activities.

Over 20,000 people used the information point between April and October last year, and the council is keen to ramp up community involvement when it re-opens for the new tourism season towards the end of March.

Councillor Neil Rogers, leader of Wrexham Council, said: “Local people and community groups are already involved in many different aspects of the World Heritage Site. They’re very proud of the site and are helping Wrexham share this amazing asset with the world. So we’d love to get local people involved in manning the information point too.

“Volunteers need to be 18 years or older, and can do as many or as few hours as they like. This is a great chance to learn new skills, gain experience and have fun helping tourists get the most out of their visit to the area.”

The facility was opened last year by Wrexham Council in partnership with the Canal and River Trust, and withfunding from Wrexham Council and from the Tourism Investment Support Scheme on behalf of Visit Wales, under the authority of the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science.

For more information, contact Amanda Evans,World Heritage Site Community Development Officer,Wrexham Council, on 01978 814925

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