It’s big, very big and businesses, residents and visitors in Camborne can’t wait for it to arrive.
On Wednesday 3 August, a colossal metal Cornish miner will be coming to the town that has always been synonymous with Cornwall’s proud mining heritage. Man Engine is the largest mechanical puppet ever to be built in Britain. Part man, part machine, he is 4.5m tall when he crawls down the road but, when transforming, reaches a staggering 10m plus in height.
That transformation will happen when enough people sing and Camborne is one of the places along the Man Engine’s route from Tavistock to Geevor Mine that vocal participation from the crowd will form part and parcel of the entertainment. It’s expected to be a memorable, goose-bump moment in a place that annually celebrates the great pioneering work of engineering inventor Richard Trevithick.
The Camborne event – which will include the only appearance of Levantosaur beside Man Engine – has been organised by the BID Camborne team, with funding support from Camborne Town Council.
“It will be a unique, very special day for everyone concerned and we’re delighted to be sharing it with thousands of visitors in celebration of ten years of Cornwall’s mining landscape being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said BID Manager Mel Martin. “Camborne is at the heart of that unique history and Wednesday 3 August will be our opportunity to demonstrate how proud that makes us feel.”
In addition to the Man Engine parade, the Levantosaur, a produce market and a tin miner living statue, BID businesses are also being encouraged to come up with some creative window displays in a competition being run by Camborne Chamber of Commerce.
“This is a whole-town effort and we’re expecting the atmosphere to be electric and great fun,” said Mel Martin. “A wide variety of traditional Cornish food will be a focal point with pasties, cream teas and saffron buns in abundance.”
The Man Engine will be in Camborne from 11am until 1pm on Wednesday 3 August. Trelowarren Street will be closed to traffic from 5.30am to 3pm on the day, providing a rare opportunity for visitors to enjoy the main street car-free