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87, and I’m still a pasty master

Earning her
crust: Mary is
still making
Philps pasties
after 50 years at
the bakery PICTURE: SWNS

A WOMAN of 87 known as the ‘queen of the crimp’ is celebrating 50 years of Cornish pasty making after crafting up to four million of the savoury treats.

Mary Coad took a summer job in Philps Pasties in 1969 — and has been there ever since. She still works eight hours a week at the chain’s bakery in Hayle, Cornwall, churning out 50 pasties an hour.

Mary, who was employed by founder Sam Philps, said: ‘The whole family are lovely to work for. I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I’ve trained several generations to crimp.

Simple as pie: Mary crafting pasties

‘I wouldn’t have thought when I started there would be hundreds of pasty shops across Cornwall now.’

The loyal worker says Philps pasties are her favourite because of their ‘lovely pastry’, but she only allows herself two a week.

‘The pasties are made the Cornish way with the meat on top of the veg, not all mixed in,’ she said. ‘It’s all down to time and patience. Once you have started you’re alright, but if you try to rush it you end up with a huge knob at the end, which don’t look nice.’