Redruth Town Council has announced that the Mining & Pasty Festival has been rescheduled to Saturday 1st October to coincide with the town’s regular monthly market day.
The original Festival was due to start the day after the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and had to be cancelled following guidance from the National Association of Local Councils.
The Council has now been able to reschedule some parts of the original festival to Saturday 1st October so that the town doesn’t completely miss out on its celebrations this year.
Visitors will be able to enter their home made pasties into the Great Cornish Pasty Off with a special category for chefs aged under 18. There will also be competitions for Best Crafty Pasty, Best Woolly Pasty and Best Pasty Costume. Prizes such as a collectors’ edition t-shirt and Rowe’s vouchers will be awarded to the winners.
Jenn Sandiford, Community Projects Manager said: “We were so sad to have to cancel the Festival planned for September so we’re really excited that we can still go ahead with some of the fun events that we had worked so hard to plan. We’re looking forward to a great day celebrating Redruth’s famous pasties and honouring the area’s mining history.”
As well as the town centre pasty-themed events, Cobweb Tours and the Redruth Festival Band have agreed to reschedule their Miners’ Tribute Walk from the town centre to the Wheal Uny Engine Houses via St Euny Church. Smoke will be sent up the chimneys at Wheal Uny in memory of all the miners who worked at home and abroad.
Town Mayor Cllr Matthew Brown said: “I was devastated for Redruth’s Events Team when it became clear we would have to cancel the original festival but it’s great news that we’ve been able to reorganise some elements. It means I can once again look forward to judging the Great Cornish Pasty Off and tasting some incredible pasties.”
Full plans for the day are still being developed but full details will be shared on the Facebook page @discoverredruth in the coming days.