Record-breaking pumpkin ‘too heavy’ for scales

Winner Adrian Ridley and his children, Jacob, six, and two-year-old twins Mabel and Noah
Winner Adrian Ridley and his children, Jacob, six, and two-year-old twins Mabel and Noah
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THIS prize-winning pumpkin is so big it was literally off the scale.

The first-placed entry in Steyning farmers’ market pumpkin-growing contest was so heavy, the scales could not even weigh it.

Organiser Vicki Crush said it was the largest entry since the contest began in 2006.

“Our scales let us down I’m afraid,” she said.

“They weigh up to 150lbs and it was too heavy. It must have been 160 to 170lbs. It was the first one to arrive and much the largest of them all.”

The monster vegetable was so large it took several people to lift.

The champion growers were Steyning’s Adrian Ridley, his son, Jacob, six, and two-year-old twins, Mabel and Noah.

The secret to their success was a little help from green-fingered grand-dad Martin Kempson on his allotment.

“It was ginormous and very difficult to carry,” said Adrian. “I was pretty amazed, ours was twice the size of anything close. It’s lovely for the kids and definitely a picture they will keep in the archive.”

The dozen entries were all grown from plants bought at the market in June, raising £167 for St Barnabas House.

The pumpkin will next appear in the Ridleys’ front garden at Hallowe’en.