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First ever Cornish pasty festival this weekend

The Cornish pasty Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Redruth is the venue for the first ever Cornish Pasty Festival this weekend.

The pasty has been the staple diet of working men across Cornwall and beyond since the 18th Century, and now the iconic self-contained, portable meal and its international ties will be celebrated.

The festival will also highlight Cornwall's international links with Mexico dating back to when migrating Cornish miners took their expertise and traditions, including the Cornish pasty, to new mining regions around the world.

The three-day event starts with Miners' Day on Friday. Pasty Day on Saturday will see pasty producers and Cornish produce suppliers turn the town centre into a lively street market.

On Sunday, former miners will be remembered at Basset Stamp House and St Euny church. The day commemorates thousands of Cornish men, women and children who laboured hard underground to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world.

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Royal visit for Exeter Flower Festival

The Duchess of Cornwall has been in Exeter today, visiting a Flower Festival at the city's cathedral. More than 300 flower arrangers have created thousands of displays celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Duchess met dignitaries and local school children on her whistle-stop tour, as Kathy Wardle reports.

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Jubilee flower festival at Exeter Cathedral

The first flower festival in 13 years starts this morning at Exeter Cathedral. It marks the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the culmination of an appeal to raise funds for restoration projects. The event which runs until Sunday will showcase the work of the Cathedral's 65 flower arrangers.

Flower festival held at Exeter Cathedral to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Credit: ITV Westcountry
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