Wetherspoon’s Customer Services Manager, Cathy Trick, stamping participating miners and bal maidens


A terrific town effort during the annual Trevithick Day celebrations means Camborne has set its own record for having the most number of bal maidens and miners in one place at the same time.

Looking like extras from Poldark, thirty two men, women and children arrived dressed in the required traditional gear – mop cap and apron for bal maidens, hat, waistcoat and an illuminating  device attached to their body for miners.

They queued behind Wetherspoons where security staff counted them as they went into the pub and had their hands stamped before they left through the front door into Church Street where the count was verified by members of the Camborne and District Lions Club.

News of the final figure was greeted with applause, cheers and a rousing chorus of Oggy, Oggy, Oggy!

“What a great turn out,” said organiser, Alan Hampton, Lions Fund Raising Chairman. “It’s the first time this has ever been done and it was such a success we are considering making it a regular part of the Trevithick Day celebrations. The plan now is to send all the details to the Guiness Book of Records to see if we can make it an official World Record.”

In the meantime, Alan and his fellow Lions have challenged the organisers of Redruth’s Pasty Day in September to better the Trevithick Day result.

“If they rise to the challenge it will give us even greater incentive to beat their attempt next year,” said Alan.


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