Town celebrates its first pumpkin competition - and brings in a weighbridge to help with the judging

All winners: The photograph shows from left to right: Mr Dave Penegar, Mr John Richardson, Mr Taro T

All winners: The photograph shows from left to right: Mr Dave Penegar, Mr John Richardson, Mr Taro Tyson and Allotment Association Chairman Mr Jack Constable. - Credit: Archant

They lined them up, had them weighed, and a little later proud winners of a town’s first pumpkin competition were set to celebrate.

The event was organised by Chatteris Allotment and Leisure Gardener’s Association and held at the Honeysome Road allotments in Chatteris on Saturday.

Town clerk Joanna Melton said: “There were a good number of entries in the show and the allotment holders put on fine display of giant pumpkins and marrows along with other large vegetables and unusual squashes.

“Several pumpkins were so large that they had to be weighed on a weighbridge (courtesy of James Fuller & Sons).”

The winning entry was grown by Taro Tyson and weighed 50kg. In second place was Jack Constable’s pumpkin weighing 41kg and in third place John Richardson’s entry weighing 25kg.


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There were also prizes for the largest marrow, which was grown by Mr Richardson, and the largest butternut squash which was grown by Dave Penegar.

Mrs Melton said: “The association hopes to build on the success of this year’s competition and organise a bigger show next year.”

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There are currently a few allotments available to let at Honeysome Road. The cost is just £26 a year.

For details contact Mrs Melton on 01354 695166 or e-mail chatteriscouncil@btconnect.com.

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