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WATCH: Will Cornwall's Man Engine tour the world?

WATCH: Will Cornwall's Man Engine tour the world?

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:55am 3rd April 2018. (Updated at 8:05am 3rd April 2018)

So, what comes next for Cornwall's Man Engine?

The giant mechanical puppet is in the middle of a UK tour, after Easter shows at Geevor, Pool and Wadebridge.

The tin miner, that stands almost as tall as three double decker buses, is heading to Tavistock on Tuesday.

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Pirate FM caught up with the man behind the Man Engine, director and found of Golden Tree Productions, Will Coleman.

He said: "We have a list of 177 locations in 44 countries across six continents where Cornish miners took their industry, their knowledge and their know-how.

"Yes, we'd like to go to all 177. We have got conversations going on. Every time I mention the size of the cheque required, it all goes very quiet.

"It's not a cheap game and it's not easy to pull off but there are conversations still live".

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Against the backdrop of Geevor Tin Mine and the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site landscape on Saturday, The Man Engine transformed to his full 11.2m height at 2pm in a new ‘Afternooner’ ceremony. 

During the first ever ‘Afterdarker’ ceremony at 8.30pm, he reached for the stars accompanied by a specially composed soundtrack by Jim Carey, complete with new pyrotechnics.

Sparks were flying in this brand new for 2018 white hot explosive celebration depicting not just mining, but also smelting, casting and forge-work during this edgy extravaganza which kicked off on a Cornish cliff edge.

Will Coleman added: "We are so delighted to be bringing the Big Boy out of hibernation for 2018 and would like to thank everyone that has helped make this possible.

"We have created a new, deeply meaningful ceremony that honours not just the miners, but also the associated industries.

"The ceremony also moves us on into the developments in mining with a whole raft of exciting, and emotion stirring elements".

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"The Man Engine follows the steps that our Cousin Jacks would have taken back in the 19th century, and introduces both the hardships, and the joys, of those journeys.

"To bring him into the communities that may have descended from Cornish miners gives us all great joy.

"In 2016, the performance roused such a sense of awe and emotion in people who experienced it and awakened a sense of pride and passion in the communities that he visited.

"To see the reactions and sentiments in people, from teeny toddlers to pensioners, was fantastic and we know that it will affect people similarly, if not even more strongly, as we take the Man Engine to the road and travel across the UK".

You can read more and find out how to get tickets here or watch highlights from Saturday's 'Afterdarker'...

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