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Giant pumpkin set for world record

Published 07/10/2010 | 16:19

Ian (left) and Stuart Paton with their giant pumpkin which they hope will break the world record when officially weighed on Saturday
Ian (left) and Stuart Paton with their giant pumpkin which they hope will break the world record when officially weighed on Saturday

A giant pumpkin could become a world-beater when it is weighed at the weekend.

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The vegetable, which is the size of a small car, has already smashed the British and European records but could get the world title if it continues piling on the pounds.

The pumpkin is putting on two stone in weight each day and is now weighing in at about 1,652lb as it grows in Lymington, Hampshire.

This Saturday's official weigh-in will tell twin brothers Ian and Stuart Paton, 49, who have reared it, whether it is the biggest of all time.

At the moment it has a 17ft waist and is housed at the Pinetops Nursery, which the twins run.

The current world record weight is 1,725lb, so it will be close when the pumpkin is hoisted on a weighing lorry at the Jubilee Sailing Trust Pumpkin Festival at the Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley, Hants on Saturday.

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