From: The West Briton
Hundreds flock to Murdoch Day in Redruth
Patrotic Cornishmen and women managed to resist the lure of the beach and instead gathered to pay homage to gas light and steam carriage pioneer William Murdoch in Redruth yesterday.
The annual Murdoch Day celebration, which included a parade, dancing, stalls and a market, was opened by the deputy mayor of Redruth, Henry Biscoe.
Speaking before the event, Larah Hill, community project manager for Redruth, said: "Each year, Redruth celebrates its most famous citizen, inventor William Murdoch, with an exciting programme of events including a children's dance and art procession, all-day music and entertainment, a street market, an old-time fair, exhibitions and a variety of live concerts and other events around the town.
Murdoch lived in Cornwall between 1779 and 1817 where he was initially in charge of the erection and maintenance of the steam engines which pumped water out of nearby tin mines.
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