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A twelve-metre tall steam powered mechanical puppet is being built here in Cornwall, and will walk from Tavistock to Land's End.

As part of the ten-year anniversary celebrations of Cornwall having Mining World Heritage Status, the giant puppet will be visiting the ten mining heritage sites across Cornwall and West Devon as part of the "tinth" celebrations.

Currently being constructed in secret, the "Man Engine" will be travelling Cornwall over the course of two weeks, from 25th July to 6th August. The cast-iron Cornish miner will be joined by over a dozen "miners" and "bal-maidens" who will bring the giant to life, feeding him coal to ensure the flames roar and steam belches from the creation.

At each of the ten Cornish mining locations, the Man Engine and his crew will be greeted by a series of pre-organised events and local celebrations.

Another event occurring at the same time will see renowned print makers from Cornwall working with the local communities in each of the ten areas in order to create new ways of depicting mining heritage. These designs will then be printed onto copper plates, and sent both across the region and internationally, as a lasting record of mining heritage.

The puppet will pass through Luxulyan Valley & Charlestown which is just a short distance from us here in Fowey, so those of you staying with us in late July will not want to miss this fantastic spectacle!

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