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PASTY makers from a village store have been recognised as some of the best in the world.

The World Pasty Championships took place at the Eden Project, in Cornwall.

Richard Shaw, owner of Southwick Village Stores, near Fareham, entered ‘the world’s most expensive pasty’ into the contest. The pasty, named the Very Important Pasty, was made with some of the best ingredients in the world, including Wagyu beef from Japan, and cost £230 each.

Richard, 33, came fourth in the best professional pasty maker category and his eight-year-old son Harrison came fourth in the best junior pasty maker competition.

Southwick Village Stores’ Saturday boy Toby Black, 15, came third in the best junior pasty maker and friend of the shop Bradley Allen, who often helps out there, ranked third in the best amateur pasty maker category.

Richard said: ‘I’m proud of all the team.’

He said he now intends to put a VIP pasty on eBay to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.