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Britain’s largest mechanical puppet

The Man Engine, a colossal mechanical tin miner, captured the hearts of a county as it steamed the length of the Cornish mining landscape. Across bustling town centres and remote cliff-tops, nearly one-in-three of Cornwall’s population came out to witness the Man Engine. There was singing, dancing and a huge outpouring of communal pride…

The gigantic Man Engine is the largest mechanical puppet ever built in Britain. When he 'transforms' he stands at 11.2m tall (that's 2.5 double-decker buses), but the Man Engine will only react if enough people sing.

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