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Monster pumpkin is ripe for Hallowe’en

Starston, Norfolk. Kevin Roper with his 290lb pumpkin which he grew in his garden

Starston, Norfolk. Kevin Roper with his 290lb pumpkin which he grew in his garden

Can there have been a bigger pumpkin in the Diss Express area this Hallowe’en?

Kevin Roper, of Starston, grew the 290lb vegetable beast as part of a local competition run by Sarah and Andy Willett. It is just under two-feet tall, and nine-feet round.

Mr Roper, who grew the pumpkin he has called Percy in his garden, and believes a combination of nitrogen from grass cuttings and a good dose of sun and rain helped it grow, said: “The problem now is what to do with him, as there is only just so much pumpkin pie you can eat. We may take him to a local gathering in the village this weekend in the hope that residents will cut a piece and make their own favourite recipe.”

 

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