When: 17th June 2017
Where: Redruth, Cornwall
What is it?
On Saturday 17th 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 the Red Lion car park.
The highlight of Murdoch Day is the children’s dance, which takes place at 10am. Local schools will be taking part, performing the Murdoch Day Spring Dance accompanied by the Helston Town Band and Illogan Sparnon Silver Band. Spectators will be able to see the ‘Fish and Tin’ themed artworks, and music and dancing from the Golowan Band and Bilham and Redruth School Samba Bands. There will also be a community afternoon dance at 3pm.
A music stage and marquee stage will feature acts including Aaron Williams, Cover to Cover, The Pictures, and Falmouth Soul Sensations. Murdoch House in Cross Street will be open to the public for the day, where visitors can find out more about the inventor and enjoy refreshments.
The Cornish Studies Library will be holding free cartoon workshops, and St Rumon’s Club will have children’s activities, stalls and three bars. St Andrew’s Church will be hosting a craft exhibition, a community sculpt, a flea market and book sale, and there will be a model exhibition at Wesley Buildings.
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.