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 of people 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. 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 and dance, 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 local TV chef and environmentalist, James Strawbridge, in a live recording for the Cornwall TV Channel.
The event will also see the appearances of Eighties chart topper, Paul Young, and his Tex-Mex band, Los Pacaminos, who will play at the Zone nightclub on Sunday, September 8.
Mr Young is looking forward to coming back to Cornwall for the gig. "I love Cornwall, I used to holiday in Newquay and Mawgan Porth as a kid.
"It's always nice to get down there. I love the landscape."
While in Redruth, Mr Young will be signing copies of his cookbook, launched last year.
The celebrity line-up is completed by local great grandmother Eunice Woolcock, who shot to fame with her 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: "We're really looking forward to the cooking demonstrations and of course the big Paul Young concert."
St Euny Church will be a focus on Sunday – starting with a pilgrimage from Bassett Stamp House at 10am.
Sunday also features Redruth Fun Day, an afternoon of music, performances and fair stalls at Victoria Park.
Mr Dunkley said there will 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.