Friday 22 September 2017

Pumpkin fails to smash world record

Ian and Stuart Paton in their nursery in Hampshire with their monster pumpkin
Ian and Stuart Paton in their nursery in Hampshire with their monster pumpkin

A giant pumpkin failed to become a world-beater when it weighed in more than 200lb (90kg) short of the target.

The vegetable, which is the size of a small car, beat the British record when it was put on the scales, reaching 1,504lb (682kg), but it could not reach the world record weight of 1,725lb (782kg) set by a US pumpkin, or the European record.

Twin brothers Ian and Stuart Paton, 49, reared the monster at their nursery in Lymington, Hampshire.

The vegetable, which had a 17ft (5.2m) waist, was put on a weighing lorry at the Jubilee Sailing Trust Pumpkin Festival at the Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley, Hants.

By failing to beat the record, the twins missed out on a £10,000 prize. But as a consolation they pocketed £1,000 for the British record.

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