To celebrate the ‘Tinth’ anniversary of Cornish Mining’s UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, The Man Engine – the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain – will be making a pilgrimage through Cornwall and arrives in Camborne on Wednesday, August 3rd.
The Man Engine puppet is a 40 tonne cast-iron Cornish tin miner. When crawling he’s the height of a double decker bus. When he transforms and stands he is over 10 metres tall (two and a half double-deckers!) As part of the celebration over a dozen miners and bal maidens will attend and animate the engine.
The puppet will begin its tour of Camborne by travelling down Trelowarren Street past Tyacks Hotel where Richard Trevithick was drinking when his parked Puffing Devil exploded. It will move on up Cross Street to the Richard Trevithick statue and then on to King Edward Mine. At three points during the tour of Camborne the Man Engine will stop and if enough people sing, the puppet will be raised to its full 11.5 metre height.
BID Camborne Manager, Mel Martin, said: “We’re at the early stages of organising this event but it promises to be an exciting time for visitors and locals.”