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Camborne all set for Trevithick Day celebrations

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

By Chris Matthews

  • A miniture engine belonging to Mr Opie of Redruth takes part in the childrens parade, for Julian, 1004GH05002trevithick

  • A big Trevithick Day smile from this young lady from St Johns School as she spots her family in the crowd in Trelowarren Street, for Julian, 1004GH05005trevithick

  • KIngsley Rickard is about to lead the childrens morning parade with his famous red flag, for Julian, 1004GH04905trevithick

  • Children from Kehelland School in the childrens dance, for Julian, 1004GH04908trevithick

  • Colin French, Sean Oliver and John Woodward crew the replica of Richard Trevithick's Puffing Devil as it climbs Camborne Hill at last year's Trevithick Day.

  • Camborne Trevithick Day 2013: Children from Penponds School take part in the Trevithick Dance. Picture by Colin Higgs

  • Camborne Trevithick Day 2012: Local school children dressed as miners and balmaidens dance past the statue of Richard Trevithick. Byline: Picture by Colin Higgs/Portreath Studio

  • Camborne Trevithick Day 2012: Local school children dressed as miners and balmaidens dance through the streets. Byline: Picture by Colin Higgs/Portreath Studio

  • Camborne Trevithick Day 2012: Local school children dressed as miners and balmaidens dance past the statue of Richard Trevithick. Byline: Picture by Colin Higgs/Portreath Studio

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CAMBORNE residents are preparing for the most important day in the town's calendar as they celebrate the memory of one of their most famous sons, Richard Trevithick.

The bunting is up and the last-minute preparations for Trevithick Day are almost complete, with residents hoping for clear skies on Saturday.

Kingsley Rickard, chairman of the event's committee, said: "The day will feature the same mixture of attractions that people have come to expect from Trevithick Day.

"Steam engines big and small, dances, lots of stalls and the fair will all attract the visitors, so quite the medley really.

"What people don't realise is that preparation actually started back in September because it takes a lot of time to bring the whole thing together. Factors such as road closures and licensing have to be sorted way in advance.

"Local people are very proud of the town's engineering and industrial past and the fact that Camborne is world-renowned for its mining heritage means a lot to the people of the town."

The traditional balmaidens' and miners' dance will kick off proceedings when it leaves Basset Street at 10.15am, featuring almost 250 local schoolchildren led by miniature steam engines and Camborne Town Band.

Trevithick's Dance leaves Basset Street at 2.30pm with almost 100 adults dressed in the traditional Cornish colours of black and gold, dancing in procession behind the band.

The famous steam parade will puff its way to the top of Camborne Hill at 3.15pm.

Outgoing mayor Mike Champion said: "The day is a celebration of a Camborne man who dedicated his life to improving the conditions of miners and is greatly underestimated by the rest of Britain.

"I always look forward to Trevithick Day and if it didn't continue then there would be a lot of disappointed people."

Trevor Dalley, who along with his wife Valerie, is acting dance secretary, said: "Cornish people have had their fair share of hard knocks over the years with the closures of the mines and the Great Holman Company that employed half of the town. Trevithick Day is a celebration where residents celebrate our history with pride and look to the future."

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