Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Man Engine Day - Liskeard

One mighty day for Liskeard, as the tallest puppet ever built in the UK - The Man Engine - came to Liskeard, Cornwall, the first town in Cornwall in the 2 week tour.  

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.



Accordionistas



Singing




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!