Liskeard's Michael Loam was the original inventor of the #ManEngine.
We were anticipating around 3-5,000 people . . . 13,000 turned up on the day to be part of the #ManEngine ceremony.
I joined the first planning session with #ManEngine central, as the safety routes were being planned, and to support the Town Council, local traders and heritage organisations in creating an engaging pre-ceremony programme of events. It was the end of May. Man Engine day was two months away . . .
Catching and scribbling ideas, and setting a date for a 'Discovery Evening', bringing local traders and businesses together.
Concept on paper for the #ManEngine #LiskeardExperience.
Fullly programmed schedule, with around 90 artists, after playing the funders/sponsors v artist game for a few weeks.
Sizing up the space . . .
Trying to imagine something that's never been seen in Liskeard. Or anywhere, for that matter.
Finding places for people to eat . . . especially those with special dietary need #glutenfree (I was so grateful for one of those on #ManEngine day!).
Before all the people . . . .
Stewards briefing . . .
The #ManEngine arrives - the amazing Liskeard Town Band playing . . . think it was 'Fer Lyskerrys' . . .
Liskeard Town Mayor, dressed as a balmaiden - with her mayoral chains - welcomes and gives thanks.
Fore Street from Beddoes fruit & veg market end
Fore Street from Barnecutt's end.
Here he is now - one high street packed with people and an almighty #ManEngine.
Dha weles skon - see you soon, #ManEngine.
Liskeard are already thinking about future heritage events, or even an annual #ManEngine day. Ober da! Good work!