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8:35am 13th October 2017

Remember that giant mechanical tin miner which wowed crowds across Cornwall? Well, it is set to rise again!

The colossal puppet, known as the Man Engine, steamed the length of the Cornish Mining landscape last summer.

People poured into bustling town centres, onto remote cliff-tops and around iconic engine houses across the Duchy to greet him.

Celebrating the Cornish Mining Landscape's World Heritage status, he is the largest mechanical puppet ever to be built in Britain, standing at 11.2m.

Now, following his recent success in the National Lottery Awards, it has been revealed the Man Engine will take on a SECOND adventure across the whole of the UK.

The Man Engine in the Cornish mist, St Just   credit Luke Brown lo res

Starting on Saturday, 31st March 2018, he will re-appear where he was last seen - at Geevor Tin Mine in west Cornwall.

The Resurrection Tour will span Cornwall and west Devon, before he strolls into Somerset, south Wales and up to the north of England.

Creator Will Coleman, of Golden Tree Productions, said: "Our big boy is setting off in the footsteps of the Cousin Jacks, but he needs to say a proper farewell to Cornwall, and our friends just over the Tamar in Tavistock, before he blazes a trail into Somerset, Wales and across the UK".

So where will you be able to see him in Cornwall?

Starting at Geevor, he heads onto Heartlands on Easter Sunday (April 1st 2018), before steaming ahead to Lostwithiel on the Monday.

After that, he crosses the Tamar to Tavistock the next day, before heading up country to Radstock, South Wales, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Unlike his last tour, this time there will be two different events at each location.

The day event is more family-focused, with the chance for people to get up close with the Man Engine and join singing and dancing with him, while the evening events will give people a chance to enjoy an 'edgier extravaganza'.

That will include things like pyrotechnics and 'pupeteering science'.

The Man Engine in Penzance  credit Mike Newman lo res

Will said: "Our 'Afternooner' will give families and big kids the chance to really get to know their favourite giant miner: there will be an industrial-scale feast of fun and frolics.

"The 'Afterdarker' promises an edgier explosive experience including white-hot pyrotechnics - sparks will fly! Suffice to say, we are cranking up the experience that held everyone spellbound last year".

Earlybird tickets will also be handed out, after the the popularity of the last events.

He added: "Last year, due to the colossal demand, we had to encourage people not to come to certain events!

"This year, we want people to know they can book their place at a Man Engine event and not get turned away! So, we are offering 3000 super-cheap Earlybird Tickets at just £5 per person (adult or child) for each of the Cornish and SW England events.

"These will be available for five weeks only, starting from now. There's a lot extra on offer this time around and where else can you get such an experience for just five pounds?"

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Julian German is chairman of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership, that created the initial commission which led to The Man Engine.

He said: "It's obviously wonderful news for everyone in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, South Wales and Yorkshire that The Man Engine will be journeying to a spot near them next year.

"In commissioning the Man Engine in 2016, to celebrate our tenth anniversary of gaining World Heritage Status, the Cornish Mining WHS Partnership sought a visionary project that would both reflect the ingenuity and entrepreneurialism of our ancestors whilst also promoting to the world the fact that we still possess these qualities today. We certainly found this in The Man Engine".

Nick Allen, CEO of SMT GB, distributer of Volvo Construction Equipment in Great Britain, said: "We are really pleased to be supporting The Man Engine once again for his Resurrection Tour in 2018 by providing the wheeled loader that powers this magnificent feat of engineering.

"We've been proud to support this project since the beginning when Volvo powered The Man Engine's first steps back in July 2016 and we can't wait to see him back in action next year".

Read more and find out how to get tickets for the Man Engine Resurrection Tour 2018.

In the meantime, watch the Man Engine arriving in Tavistock during the last tour...

8:35am 13th October 2017

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