Pumpkin fails to smash world record
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.