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Chilean miner wins pasty championship

Chilean miner wins pasty championship Credit: ITV News

An award celebrating a centuries-old British delicacy has been won by a Chilean miner who can not speak English.

Jorge Pereira, who was attending the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project in Cornwall as part of a two-month visit to the UK, won the open savoury amateur category with an empanada Chilena, a traditional Chilean pasty made with beef, onion, hard-boiled egg, olives and sultanas.

The origins of the pasty are themselves disputed between those from Cornwall and Devon, and date back to the 14th century when miners used to graze on the pastry-based finger food while working underground. A traditional Cornish pasty features chuck steak, potato, turnip and onion and is crimped on the side, while the Devon variety is crimped on the top.

Mr Pereira said through his wife Gail Cleverdon: "I feel very excited and happy to be so far from my country to win such a prize. It's all about getting recognition for my country rather than winning."

88 year old Betty Lethbridge mother of Fisherman's Friends singer John Lethbridge, won the amateur title.

The veteran crimper, from St Kew, said: "I've been making them for years and years. I started when I was eight years old. Mother used to make pasties so I used to roll the pastry out on a bench. You need to get really good meat to make a pasty and the seasoning is important."

The highest marks in the competition were awarded to professional winner Andy Heath from Bodmin, who scored 96 out of 100, and open savoury professional winner Luisa Ead from Padstow, who scored 97 with a smoked haddock, white wine and mustard pasty.

In the company categories, West Cornwall Pasty Company was victorious for the second year running. The event attracted around 150 pasty entries, a similar figure to last year, which was the highest to that point.

The fourth World Pasty Championships was a very memorable one for sure. Mrs Lethbridge's win was such a heart-warming story. We commend the entrants who took so much pride in their pasties.

– Eden Project spokesman David Rowe

The Cornish pasty has had protective status since 2011, a distinctive sign used to identify it as originating from a certain place.

The following year, scores of bakers and consumers joined forces with politicians and regional newspaper the Western Morning News in a successful bid to force a Government U-turn on the controversial pasty tax.


10 year-old dies after collision in Crediton

Tributes have been left for the boy Credit: ITV News

A 10 year old boy from Devon has died after a road traffic collision. The school boy collided with a van at Threshers Crediton yesterday lunchtime. Police say he died from his injuries.

A 24 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Tributes have been left at the scene including one from a school friend saying "We will miss you at school".

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Special service held to remember the crew of HMS Exeter

Special service held to remember the crew of HMS Exeter Credit: ITV News

A special service has been remembering the crew of HMS Exeter which sank in the Far East during the Second World War. Around fifty men were killed as the ship went down. But many more died at the hands of the Japanese in prisoner of war camps.

Window dedicated to HMS Exeter Credit: ITV News

Under a window dedicated to HMS Exeter, the families of the ship's crew gathered to remember their sacrifice and suffering in Japanese prisoner of war camps during world war two.

At Exeter Cathedral today, the widows, children and grandhildren Exeter's crew. Hundreds survived the sinking only to be plunged in to the horror of three and a half years held captive by the Japanese. The families of other Far East Prisoners of War are here too.

They had no trust, their trust and faith had gone when they came home. My husband never believed once he would believe long enough to enjoy enything. He thought the life had been beaten out of them.


This weekend marks the anniversary of the sinking. For six decades there's been a reunion of HMS Exeter's crew and family.

It's because there are a lot that are not with us now, there are a lot that like to be together and to keep the memories going, yes.


Under the ensign from HMS Exeter a chance to chat and to reminisce. To share the memories with some cake and some tea.


Deaf toddler 'kicked off bus for being too noisy'

Two-year-old Ethan, pictured with dad Kyle, wears two hearing aids. Credit: SWNS

An angry father claims a bus driver threatened to kick his deaf son off - for being too noisy.

Kyle Johnson was on his way back from a hospital appointment with two-year-old Ethan when the toddler got excited and started talking loudly.

Mr Johnson says the driver called him over and said other passengers had complained and he had to quieten Ethan down or get off.

The supermarket cleaner, from Plymouth, said: "I explained to the driver that Ethan was deaf, but his response was 'I really can't do a lot, I've had complaints'."

Ethan wears two over-the-ear hearing aids and suffers moderate hearing loss in one ear and severe loss in the other.

He eventually fell asleep in his pushchair but his dad said: "It's just discrimination against a disabled child at the end of the day."

Ethan's dad Kyle claims it is not the first time it has happened Credit: SWNS

A spokesman for bus company First Bus Group apologised for the "difficult journey" and said all drivers get customer service and disability awareness training.

He added: "As you would expect, we cannot anticipate every situation and we don't have a specific instruction for drivers for the set of circumstances as described by Mr Johnson.

"Therefore, in such rare and unpredictable situations, it is left to driver discretion.

"With Mr Johnson's assistance we would be happy to investigate in detail the incident of 25 February and interpret whether or not our driver acted appropriately.

"We absolutely recognise how important it is that bus services are accessible for all customers, and are currently involved in a number of initiatives to explore specifically how our services can become more accessible for the deaf community."

Best pasty makers in the world go head to head

Best pasty makers in the world go head to head Credit: ITV News

The best in the world are going head to head in a pasty bake off in Cornwall this afternoon.

The World Pasty Championships have been taking place at the Eden Project.

David Rowe from the Eden Project say they have 150 people taking part from as far away as America and Canada with one contestant's pasty costing £230 to make.

Plymouth endurance swimmer tackles world's dangerous swim

Plymouth endurance swimmer tackles world's dangerous swim Credit: Lewis Pugh

An endurance swimmer from Plymouth is carrying out one of the most dangerous swims ever undertaken in the world.

44 year old Lewis Pugh is swimming in temperatures of around minus 2 degrees and in waters with a high number of killer whales. He is carrying out the swim in an effort to have the Ross Sea made a protested area in Antarctic waters.

You can follow his progress here

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