When: 18th June 2016
Where: Redruth, Cornwall
What is it?
On Saturday 18th June, Redruth in Cornwall will be celebrating Murdoch Day.
The Cornish town’s annual celebration is held in honour of the inventor William Murdoch. The event sees the day filled with live music, entertainment and an artistic procession.
This year’s programme of events will include a children’s dance and art procession, all day music and entertainment, a street market with stalls on Fore Street, and an Old Tyme Fair in Flowerpot Chapel Car Park. The Steam Team will also be there with various steam engines and the Murdoch Flyer in Alma Place.
The highlight of Murdoch Day is the children’s dance, which takes place at 10am. Over 10 local schools will be taking part, performing the Murdoch Day Spring Dance accompanied by the Helston Town Band and Illogan Sparnon Silver Band.
A music stage will feature acts including The Sugar Bullets, Jay Washington, The Stargazers and an Elvis tribute.
There will also be a community afternoon dance (at 3pm), artwork in the Cornish Studies Library, a model exhibition, a bouncy castle, face painting, hot food, ice cream, a rodeo bull, and three bars to keep visitors occupied.
William Murdoch (1754 – 1839) was a Scottish engineer and inventor who was employed by the firm of Boulton and Watt in Cornwall. Murdoch worked as a steam engine erector for ten years, and invented the oscillating cylinder steam engine, amongst other things.