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Trewirgie School children in Redruth forge link with counterparts in Mexico

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 31, 2013

Children from the Elementary Primary School in Real de Monte in Mexico proudly showing their letters from Year 6 pupils at Trewirgie Primary School in Redruth.

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SCHOOLCHILDREN in Redruth have made contact with their counterparts thousands of miles away in Mexico.

Trewirgie Junior School has established a link with the elementary school in Real de Monte, a town which has forged links with Cornwall after Cornish miners settled there more than 100 years ago.

The Mexican town also boasts the world's first pasty museum – another legacy of Cornish miners.

Trewirgie's Year 6 pupils have been learning about the miners' migration during the Victorian era and thanks to Marion Symonds, from Portreath Bakery, who recently travelled to the country, the school was able to make contact.

The school's head teacher, Jane Sargent, said: "In Real de Monte there is a legacy of Cornish influences such as pasties and Cornish surnames. Marion has recently visited Real de Monte and kindly took out letters written by our children, a child's clay engine house, one of our mining topic books and books about Cornish mining and Redruth. They were thrilled with their gifts and the children are busily writing their replies. We hope that this link will continue to flourish. Hopefully, we can send regular blogs to each other."

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