The best Twitter reactions to BBC Radio 1's Greg James's #PassThePasty journey

If you listen to Radio 1's newest breakfast host this week, you may have been gripped by the hilarious 'pass the pasty' feature.

Published 6th Sep 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

On Monday, listener Sarah from Newmachar spoke to Greg and revealed that she had never had a Cornish pasty before, which prompted the host to arrange for the famous snack to be sent, via listeners travelling on road and rail, from Cornwall to Newmachar in Aberdeenshire, where it arrived this morning.

Now Visit Aberdeenshire has launched a campaign to return a Rowie to Cornwall, via the Twitter hastag #PassTheRowie.

The hilarity started on Monday morning, with Greg James making this announcement.

Listeners have been gripped all week, with the hashtag #PassThePasty trending on Twitter (and no doubt confusing anyone who doesn't tune into the breakfast show).

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The pasty, which was baked in the award-winning Chough Bakery in Padstow, Cornwall, made 19 stops and took four days to get from Cornwall to Aberdeenshire.

The radio station also created a dedicated pasty map so the progress could be tracked.

Picture: Twitter

Friends were encouraging each other to get involved as pasty fever took hold, and businesses wanted to get involved as well.

The pasty's journey included a ferry trip from Padstow, leading the Tour of Britain and a front row seat on the famous Flying Scotsman steam train.

Virgin trains tried to help but were a bit late to the pasty party.

The pasty was also taken to Kendal castle, Burnley's Premier League football ground, skiing and on a roller-coaster.

Many people had questions about the pasty and its journey, which were answered, randomly, by pop star and ex One Direction member, Louis Tomlinson.

On Wednesday, the pasty crossed the border, much to Twitter's delight.

At this point, quite a few people were concerned for the state of the pasty and if it would be edible by the time it got to Sarah.

It was then picked up and driven from to Dundee where listener Louise took it on its final leg to Sarah's in Newmachar.

After being escorted by two soldiers from The Black Watch 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and piped by local bagpiper, Chris, to Sarah's house, the pasty was heated up - thanks to chef Matthew from nearby Newmachar hotel - and eaten by Sarah who 'loved it'.

Picture: Twitter

As the listeners, and nation, mourn the loss of #PassThePasty we can only hope that Greg takes up the challenge to #PassTheRowie.

Over to you Greg...

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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