This month, the town of Redruth in Cornwall will be holding their annual celebration of the inventor William Murdoch, with a day of processions, art, music and dancing.
This year’s Murdoch Day events will include a children’s dance and art procession, all day music and entertainment, and a street market. A replica of the Murdoch Flyer engine will be in town for the day, along with other stationary and steam engines, courtesy of the Steam Team.
The highlight of Murdoch Day is the children’s dance, featuring local schools performing the Murdoch Day Spring Dance. The dance is usually accompanied by the Helston Town Band and Illogan Sparnon Silver Band.
This year, spectators will be able to see space themed artworks and some stilt-walking astronauts, along with music and dancing, as the parade celebrates 50 years since the first moon landing. A community dance will also take place in the afternoon.
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.
When: 15th June 2019, from 10am
Where: Redruth, Cornwall
More info: www.visitredruth.co.uk/Murdoch_Day