MURDOCH DAY 2023 TAKES PLACE IN THE HISTORIC TOWN CENTRE OF REDRUTH ON SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2024. THIS MUCH-LOVED EVENT IS FULL OF ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT AS THE TOWN CELEBRATES ITS FAMOUS INVENTING SON…
Camborne has Trevithick Day in April and its sister town Redruth has Murdoch Day in June. This is the law. Both annual events pay tribute to these Cornish towns’ favourite sons who both changed the world in their day. And both annual events are fun, action-packed and a grand way to pay respect to those people who helped make these towns what they are today.
Murdoch Day 2024 pays tribute to inventor William Murdoch, who famously came up with the idea of replacing oil and tallow in lighting by using coal gas instead. The great man lived in Redruth in the late 18th century and his home in Cross Street became the first in the country to be lit by gas lighting. That happened in 1792 and changed the whole world as a result.
There’s really nothing quite like Murdoch Day, which is entirely devoted to marking the legacy of Murdoch’s great gas light innovation. The event, which takes place throughout the day on Saturday 15 June 2024, is also dedicated to celebrating Redruth‘s long and rich history, as well as championing all the good things that are happening around town in the modern day.
This is perhaps the town’s biggest day of the year that celebrates history and heritage alongside community. Expect an array of family-friendly events and entertainment across Redruth throughout the day in the town centre, with parades, open air dances, steam engine rallies, live music, fairs and, well, much more. For the full roundup, head to Discover Redruth’s official Facebook page, where full times and activity details will be posted prior to the big event.
Get illuminated at Murdoch Day 2024. And have a top time too as Redruth toasts the man who made it great. Or, at least, gave it a great historical claim to fame that will resonate through the ages.