With no possibility of a Trevithick Day again this year, the Camborne Trevithick Day Committee is planning some pandemic-busting events to celebrate the inventors 250th Anniversary.

The committee it felt that it was important that the 250th Anniversary of Trevithick's birth should not pass without some sort of celebration. Consequently they are hoping to bring Camborne’s and Cornwall’s community together with some pandemic-busting events.

They have commissioned an animated film of Richard Trevithick’s life and times from Cornish company End of Night Productions, which will be suitable as a teaching aid for schools. The aim is to raise awareness of Trevithick’s huge contribution to the industrial revolution and in shaping our world today, and hopefully inspire our youngsters into science and engineering careers.

From April 13 to April 23 they are holding a window shopping competition in conjunction with some Camborne shops. The competition is all about the life of Richard Trevithick – entrants have to match the 21 clues on the entry form to the 21 Camborne shop window where they appear. There are prizes of £100, £60 and £40, and the first 20 most correct entries will win a copy of Philip Hosken’s book Genius: Richard Trevithick’s Steam Engines.

A commemorative video will be issued featuring some Trevithick Day highlights interspersed with messages about Trevithick and his legacy including people like the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, the High Sheriff of Cornwall, the Grand Bard and even the Peruvian Ambassador. This compilation is being undertaken by Mark Thomas, who’s also making a documentary about Trevithick to be ready by early November.

In early November the committee says it will be organising a 'Window Wanderland', to coincide with the Camborne Feast.

"This is a community light festival which will encourage the residents, businesses and schools of Camborne to create window displays celebrating Richard Trevithick, and generate a magical display of colour and light to cheer up the dark evenings. Camborne Library have offered to assist the Trevithick Day Committee and are already busy designing displays to inspire and delight!

"We would like to thank Camborne Town Council and Tesco Bags of Help for their invaluable support."