Mexico cemetery joins Cornish Mining World Heritage Site
A CEMETERY in Mexico has become the first overseas site to join the Cornish Mining World Heritage organisation.
The Cornish graveyard in Real del Monte, Redruth's twin town, is the last resting place of many Cornish miners, mostly from Camborne and Redruth, who migrated there in the 19th century.
Despite the passage of time, the town has kept Cornish culinary traditions alive – running its own pasty festival and housing the world's first pasty museum.
Today at Heartlands, a delegation from Real Del Monte will be presented with the cemetery's very own sign to commemorate its membership.
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In the run-up to the county's second Pasty Festival – which starts tomorrow in Redruth – it is a fitting tribute to the Cornish culture, which is now linked to Mexico, among other countries, through mining expertise and the miners' favourite meal.
The Mexican visitors, including the Cornish Mexican Pasty Association president Victor Aladro, will be presented with their Cornish sign at the ceremony tonight, following a tour of Heartlands.
The sign will later be unveiled at the cemetery in Mexico – El Panteón Inglés – as part of the International Pasty Festival on October 13 by Marion Symonds, from Portreath Bakery.
Vicky Martin, Heartlands' chief executive officer, said: "Given the long-established connection between Cornwall and Mexico we are delighted to be building on our historic relationship by welcoming our first overseas visitor attraction into membership of the Cornish Mining Attractions Marketing Association (CMAMA).
"El Panteón Inglés will make a wonderful and fitting addition to CMAMA as the last resting place of many Cornish miners who once called Camborne and Redruth home.
"We are grateful to Marion Symonds, of Portreath Bakery, who undertook a formal inspection on behalf of CMAMA on her last visit to Mexico."
After the presentation, the evening will close with Heartlands' community choir, the Red River Singers, showcasing its mining song repertoire, led by Hilary Coleman.