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Mexico cemetery joins Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 10, 2013

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A CEMETERY in Mexico has become the first overseas site to join the Cornish Mining World Heritage organisation.

The Cornish graveyard in Real del Monte, Redruth's twin town, is the last resting place of many Cornish miners, mostly from Camborne and Redruth, who migrated there in the 19th century.

Despite the passage of time, the town has kept Cornish culinary traditions alive – running its own pasty festival and housing the world's first pasty museum.

Today at Heartlands, a delegation from Real Del Monte will be presented with the cemetery's very own sign to commemorate its membership.

In the run-up to the county's second Pasty Festival – which starts tomorrow in Redruth – it is a fitting tribute to the Cornish culture, which is now linked to Mexico, among other countries, through mining expertise and the miners' favourite meal.

The Mexican visitors, including the Cornish Mexican Pasty Association president Victor Aladro, will be presented with their Cornish sign at the ceremony tonight, following a tour of Heartlands.

The sign will later be unveiled at the cemetery in Mexico – El Panteón Inglés – as part of the International Pasty Festival on October 13 by Marion Symonds, from Portreath Bakery.

Vicky Martin, Heartlands' chief executive officer, said: "Given the long-established connection between Cornwall and Mexico we are delighted to be building on our historic relationship by welcoming our first overseas visitor attraction into membership of the Cornish Mining Attractions Marketing Association (CMAMA).

"El Panteón Inglés will make a wonderful and fitting addition to CMAMA as the last resting place of many Cornish miners who once called Camborne and Redruth home.

"We are grateful to Marion Symonds, of Portreath Bakery, who undertook a formal inspection on behalf of CMAMA on her last visit to Mexico."

After the presentation, the evening will close with Heartlands' community choir, the Red River Singers, showcasing its mining song repertoire, led by Hilary Coleman.

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  • emurfitt  |  September 10 2013, 9:43PM

    Thanks, 'break'. Website addresses don't come out on this forum (not on my computer at least) but 'googling' called up a lot of info. It does seem to me that the Cornish press might be more pro-active in promoting our history, though, whether the 'paper' or the 'e' variety. Not everyone has access to a computer. In my opinion, whitewashing our past simply reflects the wish to whitewash our future. It is sad but 'twas ever thus (and we are still here so don't lose heart!). :-)

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  • break  |  September 10 2013, 5:15PM

    There are a few countries that have dedications to Cornish miners,here http://tinyurl.com/pejv5ag theres a report about some miners being trapped at Basset mines.Google cornish miners and you'll find out a lot of stuff.Seems strange how other countries care more about our past than our own country does,I've never understood why Britain always seems to try and whitewash our past.

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  • emurfitt  |  September 10 2013, 12:34PM

    We need to hear more about our Cornish links with Mexico. How about a regular feature?

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  • Lafrowda  |  September 10 2013, 8:57AM

    How about publishing a list of the Cornish who went there?

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