ASG creates mountaintop tribute to heroes
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
nhsthankyouThe all-volunteer group illuminated the hills and castle in vivid colours (photo: Eastwood Media)
UK - Sitting atop a hill 1,000ft above the floor of the Dee Valley in Wales, Dinas Brân exerts a powerful pull over the hearts of townspeople below. For nine centuries, the medieval castle built by a prince of Powys Fadog, has inspired myths, songs, and love stories.
More recently, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the castle, which now stands in ruins, and its adjacent hills, have inspired hope and gratitude in the form of a lighting display created by ASG Entertainments, with the support of the Denbighshire County Council, North Wales Police, Eastwood Media, and Xperience Productions.
On two successive nights in May, the all-volunteer group illuminated the hills and castle in vivid colours as a sign of appreciation for the NHS staff and key essential workers. Providing the display were 24 Chauvet Professional battery-operated WELL Fit fixtures taken from ASG’s inventory.
“With everything going on, we wanted to do something with our business to pay tribute to the NHS and key-workers,” said Scott Cooper, director of ASG. “We decided to put our equipment to good use. This project was done completely voluntarily and organised by both myself and Chris Eastwood of Eastwood media.
“We approached local authorities who gave us permission and support for the project,” continued Cooper. “On the first night we lit the Mountainside and the Town in a rainbow to support the essential workers. Then on the following night, we lit the castle for the NHS.”
Given the logistics of this project and the lack of available power high up on the hill, the compact, battery-powered WELL Fit was a logical choice for the project. “The fixtures were ideal for what we wanted,” said Cooper. “Both of the areas we lit are not accessible by road, which meant we had to carry the 24 fixtures up steep slopes. There were three of us carrying eight units each for about 30 minutes. It was exhausting, but once we got there, the view of our town was spectacular.”
The view that the volunteer team treated the townspeople to was something to marvel at as well. Bathed in an array of colours, the outline of the hill’s craggy ridge stood out sharply against the dark sky, while the skeletal ruins of the old castle glowed mystically in clear blue light.

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