EIGHTIES pop sensation Paul Young will join celebrity chefs, pasty-lovers and Mexicans in Redruth next month for the biggest celebration of Cornwall’s favourite export.
Following last year’s inaugral one-day event, this year’s Mining and Pasty Festival promises to be bigger and better.
Thousands are expected to flock to the town centre to watch celebrity cooking demonstrations, take part in pasty-making workshops and enjoy three days of live entertainment and children’s activities.
Redruth town development manager, Lee Dunkley, said: “The extent of this event is vast.
“We’re so proud to be able to build on last year’s festival and we’re all absolutely thrilled about the progress we’ve made.
“Everything will be bigger and better – the children’s fair, the number and range of stalls, the location and the variety of entertainment.”
Throughout the weekend there will be displays of artwork and mining photographs and artefacts, along with live music, dance and children’s activities, plus an exhibition on the history of pasty making.
The festival kicks off on Friday, September 6, – Miner’s Day – when drama students from Redruth School will perform an open-air play in Fore Street.
The Pasty Day, on Saturday September 7, will be opened by TV chef and environmentalist, James Strawbridge, in a live recording for the Cornwall TV Channel.
The event will also see the appearances of 80s teen idol, Paul Young, and his band Los Pacaminos, which will play a live concert at the Zone nightclub on Sunday, September 8.
The celebrity line-up is completed by local great-grandmother Eunice Woolcock, who shot to fame with her larger-than-life personality, and exceptional crimping skills on ITV’s Food Glorious Food programme.
Portreath Bakery owner Marion Symonds, who has appeared on ITV’s Britain's Best Bakery, has been involved in organising the event.
She said: “I’ve been working closely with James Strawbridge over the last few months and he’s delighted to be invited to open our event.
“We’re all really looking forward to the cooking demonstrations and of course the big concert featuring Paul Young.”
Sunday is a full memorial day with St Euny Church – starting with a pilgrimage from Bassett Stamp House at 10am.
Sunday also features Redruth Fun Day, which is run by Redruth Lions. It will be an afternoon of music, performances and fair stalls at Victoria Park from midday.
Mr Dunkley said there will also be foreign visitors, thanks to a partnership forged during the migration of Cornish miners to Mexico in the 1800s.
“This year we are delighted to welcome back visitors from our twin town in Mexico, Real Del Monte,” he said.
“Look out for Mexican musicians over the weekend who have come to serenade you in the street.”
For more information , please visit: www.visitredruth.co.uk or call 01209 210038.