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Camborne honours most famous son: Trevithick Day celebrations PICTURES
1:00pm Tuesday 30th April 2013 in News
Sunny weather brought crowds from across West Cornwall to Camborne's Trevithick Day celebrations on Saturday, when the town honoured their most famous son.
The life and work of industrial engineer Richard Trevithick was marked with a day of dancing, stalls and of course steam engines in abundance.
The traditional Bal-maidens and Miners dance featuring almost 250 local schoolchildren began the first of the day's dances in Basset Street at 10.15am, led by miniature steam engines and Camborne Town Band.
Trevithick's Dance then left Basset Street at 2.30pm, with 100 adults dressed in the traditional gold and black colours of Cornwall, dancing in procession with Camborne Town Band.
Other attractions included street stalls, choirs, bands, buskers, dancers, a display of vintage vehicles, fairground rides and more.
However, it was the afternoon Trevithick Day Steam Parade of engines that was arguably the most popular draw for the crowds, summing up the importance of Trevithick's inventions.
Born the son of a mine captain in 1771, roughly a mile from Dolcoath Mine, Trevithick's most notable success in his career is the high-pressure steam engine, as well as building the world's first working full-scale railway steam locomotive.
Trevithick was for a while a neighbour of William Murdoch, a pioneer of steam carriages.
Photos by Colin Higgs
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