When: 16th June 2018
Where: Redruth, Cornwall
What is it?
On Saturday 16th June, Redruth in Cornwall will be celebrating Murdoch Day with processions, art, music and dancing.
The Cornish town’s annual celebration is held in honour of the inventor William Murdoch.
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 2.30pm.
The day will also feature vintage and classic cars in Alma Place, entertainment in St Rumon’s Club, Talons Owltimate Encounters in Market Strand, and exhibitions in Murdoch House, the Cornish Studies Library and Redruth Baptist Church. There will also be an All Day Tea Party in the Buttermarket, celebrating 100 years of the RAF with 1940s music, games and refreshments.
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.