Giant miner puppet walks through Cornwall

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A giant puppet of a Cornish miner has taken its first steps on a 130-mile journey.

The 10-metre (32.8ft) Man Engine will travel across the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site to mark the 10th year of its Unesco heritage status.

The puppet is the same height as a double decker bus when in "crawling" mode but more than twice that height when standing.

It was launched in Tavistock, Devon and reaches Geevor, Cornwall on 6 August.

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Image caption A team of volunteers use ropes to operate the giant puppet
Image copyright Golden Tree
Image copyright Golden Tree

The machine is the brainchild of Will Coleman, founder of Golden Tree Productions, and is named after a mechanism used to move miners up and down to working levels.

Man Engine in numbers

Britain's largest mechanical puppet


Height when standing (32.8ft)


Height when crawling (14.8ft)

  • 40 tonnes Weight with accompanying vehicle

  • 130 miles Distance travelled in two weeks, Tavistock to Geevor

  • 10 Cornish Mining World Heritage Site areas visited

Golden Tree Productions
Image copyright Golden Tree
Image copyright Golden Tree

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