PROMISING to bring even more colour to the streets this year, Murdoch Day on Saturday, June 15, will celebrate the legacy of Redruth’s famous former resident.

The festival’s theme is ‘Engineering Heroes’ and has a number of new elements this year although the traditional favourites such as the funfair will also be returning.

One new attraction is The Engine Room, a special exhibition in Redruth Civic Centre featuring modern-day innovators such as Cornish Lithium and organisations working with the next generation of inventors and technologists such as Cornwall College.

The Art Room will also be hosting mini-automata invention workshops during the day led by Fluxus Cornwall CIC where children and adults can tinker with simple mechanisms and tools to craft mini-automata to take home.

The Murdoch Day Parade will once again be a central feature of the day, with schools and local groups taking part. This year, it will include a colourful Parade of Trades – a group of local independent businesses who have come together under the Totally Locally banner to encourage us all to shop local. A new Murdoch Furry has been created and the music has also been rearranged to a more upbeat tempo for the dancers.

Alice Lamming, Redruth Town Council events and marketing manager said: “Murdoch Day really is Redruth’s big day out and we can’t wait. This year, we have a mix of traditional attractions such as the market stalls, fun fair and parade together with exciting new things to enjoy. Everyone is welcome and we hope everyone has a great time!”

Elsewhere there will be vintage vehicles outside Redruth Wesley, the Murdoch Flyer outside Murdoch House and Freddy Zapp’s live music stage in Green Lane. Redruth Youth Council will be hosting a free Silent Disco in the Library and the popular Quiet Room will return for those who need a break from the bustle of the festival.

Redruth mayor Cllr Stephen Barnes said: “I can’t wait for Murdoch Day this year as there’s going to be so much going on. From live music to a Silent Disco and from a traditional funfair to a showcase of cutting edge 21st century technology, there really will be something for everyone. I hope to see you there.”

The day starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm and the parade will start from behind the cinema at about 11am.

More information can be found on the website, on social media @discoverredruth or in the Festival Guide which is published online and printed copies are now available to pick up from Redruth Library and other venues around the town. There will also be an information stand at the top of town near the clock tower on the day.