THE largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain is coming to the Elsecar Heritage Centre and Wentworth Woodhouse next weekend.

The Man Engine, a 36ft (11m) tall miner will visit as part of its 2018 Resurrection Tour. It is the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain and won the prestigious National Lottery Awards Best Arts Project in 2017.

He will be coming to Wentworth and Elsecar on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June to help celebrate Barnsley’s proud mining heritage. Over the two days Man Engine will star in a spectacular daytime and evening show.

Yorkshire’s Man Engine festivities will begin at Elsecar Heritage Centre from 7pm on Saturday 23 June for the ‘after darker’ where pyrotechnics will light up the night sky.

The celebrations will continue at Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham on Sunday 24 June from 12 noon with a 1940s vintage-themed picnic.

Entertainment will include live music, street performers, craft activities and food and drink stalls.

Cllr Roy Miller, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “The arrival of Man Engine celebrates the iron and coal industrial heritage of both Elsecar and Wentworth in a big coming-together event.

"“We can’t wait for people from across Yorkshire to see the star of our show and experience some spectacular white-hot pyrotechnics.”

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