Cornwall and Devon radio stations at war over pasties

Susannah Alexander
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From Digital Spy

Devon and Cornwall might be friendly neighbours right now, but some serious rivalry is being stoked up at the moment.

And it's all the fault of the humble Cornish pasty – or should that be 'Devonish pasty'?

Yep, that's right, war is being waged over the humble pasty's origins after BBC Radio Devon shared a revelation on Twitter.

"The 'Cornish' Pasty was first made in Devon, confirmed by Historic England. @BBCCornwall," they tweeted.

But is BBC Radio Cornwall going to take that lying down? Well, not exactly. Them's fighting words, after all.

"You what?" they replied. "Did you just put speech marks around the Cornish bit of a Cornish Pasty? Did you? It. Is. On. #culturalappropriation."

This all turned into a light-hearted (hopefully) Twitter argument, with insults being traded on both sides.

A Devon dweller remarked: "Hardly surprising. The 'Cornish' can't even make a cream tea properly..."

But BBC Radio Cornwall came back strong, tweeting: "Don't you have some dumplings to be making? Whatever they are."

Another tweeter commented: "Uh oh, the War of the Pasties has just broken out!"

And that was just the start of the Devon vs Cornwall food wars:

Historic England has since apologised for stirring up the life-changing argument, releasing a statement to try and settle the matter once and for al.

"This was always going to bring out the country's competitive spirits - and nothing defines local character like food," they said (via the Plymouth Herald). "We didn't mean to cause a stir."

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Luckily, it looks like the pasty feud has since been settled and everyone in the South West are friends again – at least, that's what BBC Cornwall are saying.

Reconciliatory pastries all round?

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