Steam engines raced through the town center as Camborne celebrated its famous inventor
It was full steam ahead in Camborne today (Saturday April 30) as thousands of people filled the streets of the town for the return of Trevithick Day. With the annual event having been canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic, this year saw an exceptional celebration, marking in retrospect the 250th anniversary of Richard Trevithick’s birth, which would have taken place last year.
The free one-day festival which celebrates Camborne’s links with Richard Trevithick and local industrial heritage first took place in 1984 and quickly became a major part of the Cornish calendar, often attracting around 25,000-30,000 visitors.
The main attractions of the day begin with the Girls’ Ball and the Miners’ Dance, which is performed by local school children in the morning. Then in the afternoon there is the Trevithick Dance, which adults can take part in, which is followed by the magnificent Steam Parade – a procession of steam engines through the town centre.
In addition to these processions, there are many other activities throughout the day. Here are some of the photographic highlights of Trevithick Day 2022: