Photo: Burrell Road Locamotive at Trevithick Day in 2010

Trevithick Day traditions, absent for several years, will be re-established at this year’s festival. The children’s Bal Maidens and Miners dance will once again be led by a half-sized engine with miniature engines following the children.  Once more the afternoon dance will be led by a road locomotive with honours going to last year’s winner of the “Stuart Solomon Memorial Cup”, Martin True’s Aveling and Porter Steam Roller. During the winter, Martin’s two sons, Joe and Ben, fitted the roller with a brand new canopy. This will be a poignant and lasting memorial to Ben who has since tragically passed away.

Of special interest is Colin Savage’s Garret 4CD Steam Tractor, “Leslie” built in 1929, this remarkable machine has met the challenge of travelling from John O’Groats to Lands’ End. The engine has had a total rebuild, taking eight years to complete. This year’s programme cover features Martin True’s Aveling and Porter steam roller.  Graham Winter, vice-chair and programme editor said “We’ve a bumper issue this year with over forty pages packed with articles and pictures, which makes it a bargain at only a pound! They’ll be on sale throughout the town soon, and on the day.”. The Camborne Piskies Explorer Scouts will be selling them on a profit sharing basis.  Those using the Park and Ride will get a complimentary copy.  The AA are signposting the park & ride from the A30 and the Cornwall Bus Preservation Society are providing the buses while the Veor Rugby Club are manning the gate.

The Camborne Trevithick Day Committee are delighted with the response they’ve had regarding the new flags. Steve Kingstone, flag-coordinator, said “We won first place with “Tesco’s Bags of Help” giving us a whopping start of four thousand pounds, grants have come from groups like Camborne Old Cornwall Society, Centenary Arts and the Flower Festival, Camborne Regeneration Forum, and generous donations via crowdfunding.  Added to this there has been a two thousand pound grant from The Cornwall Heritage Trust.  Response from the traders in the town has been tremendous, all have been delighted that their old Christmas tree holders are going to be put to such good use. No one has yet refused us and some have offered donations, while others are installing holders so they can also fly a flag. We are nearing the capacity of the one hundred flags ordered from the local firm Sailflags of Goldsithney”.

Matching bunting is still available to buy for anyone wishing to decorate their premises. Those still wishing to give something towards the flags can do so by going to .

If you would like to help on the day or be part of the Trevithick Day committee, contact details can be found via the Trevithick Day website

Photo Credit: Steam Scenes


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