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Pasty championships get underway

Cornishman Mike Amery has flown from the USA to compete Credit: The Eden Project

The World Pasty Championships are underway at the Eden Project this morning. More than 100 professional and amateur bakers are taking part in the second annual event. Among them is Cornish-born Mike Amery, who has come from his home in Pennsylvania, USA, to take part.

Mike is baking a traditional Cornish pasty and - in the non-Cornish category - a lamb and mint version. Last year's amateur winner Billy Deakin will attempt to retain his title, but his professional counterpart Graham Cornish won't be competing.

Instead, Graham is offering visitors the chance to sample his produce. The climax of the event is the Oggy Oscars Awards Ceremony at 5pm.

Chefs get ready for Pasty Championships

The pasty is culturally and historically important to the West Country Credit: PA

Competitors from across the globe are expected to descend on Cornwall to pit their culinary wits for the World Pasty Championships.

More than 100 professional and amateur bakers are heading to the Eden Project to compete in the second annual celebration of the dish.

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Fewer visitors & economic pressures blamed for Eden job losses

Far fewer visitors came to Cornwall in 2012 due to a combination of the Olympics, poor summer and autumn weather and the lasting effects of the recession.

This, coupled with enormous pressure on income in the charity sector and the well-documented challenges of fundraising in the current economic climate have made it necessary to make substantial cuts to the cost base.

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Eden boss: "No sugar-coated pill will ease the anguish" of job losses

No sugar-coated pill will ease the anguish for those affected, all we can say to those of you who will be leaving is thank you so much for all you have given Eden and we hope you will depart feeling a great deal of pride in all you have achieved in creating a very special place, for now and for the future.

– Sir Tim Smit, Eden's Chief Executive

Eden currently has 445 full-time equivalent jobs. The job losses are planned across all areas of its operation.

Signed doodle by David Cameron goes under the hammer

A signed doodle by Prime Minister which is going under the hammer for charity Credit: David Cameron/Tom Griffiths/Eden Project/PA Wire

A signed doodle by Prime Minister David Cameron is going under the hammer for schemes run by the Cornwall-based Eden Project.

Mr Cameron made a sketch of a sheep with the words "THINKING OF EWE" written underneath.

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