Murdoch Day

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    What to expect

    Saturday 15th June, 10am - 4pm

    Murdoch Day is Redruth’s grand celebration, reflecting the town's vibrant spirit and rich history. On June 15th, 2024, from 10 am to 4 pm, the town will be bustling with exciting events and entertainment for families and the entire community. Enjoy parades showcasing local talent, engaging workshops for all ages, fascinating displays, live music, and traditional fairground fun. This event is not just a tribute to the past but a celebration of all that makes Redruth special today.

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    Who is Mr Murdoch?

    William Murdoch was an inventor famed for his groundbreaking innovation of using coal gas for lighting, a revolutionary alternative to oil and tallow. Residing in Redruth, Murdoch's house became the first in the UK to be illuminated by gas lighting in 1792. In 1779, Murdoch was sent to Redruth as a senior engine erector for Boulton & Watt, overseeing the erection, maintenance, and repair of their engines. These engines were crucial in pumping water out of the Cornish tin mines, significantly impacting the efficiency and profitability of tin extraction. Fast forward a few hundred years, Murdoch Day is a fitting tribute to his legacy and the enduring spirit of Redruth’s heritage, history, and community.

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