Giant pumpkin is a smash hit with market shoppers

Garry Smith with the giant pumpkin at Garry's Fruit and Vege in Todmorden Market
Garry Smith with the giant pumpkin at Garry's Fruit and Vege in Todmorden Market
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A stallholder got into the Halloween spirit by giving visitors to a Calderdale market a special treat - a massive pumpkin.

Garry Smith, who runs a fruit and veg stall on Todmorden outdoor market, has had a lot of interest in the formidable fruit, which weighs a whopping 395lbs.

“We’ve had people stopping cars to have a look and people changing their route to come and see it,” Garry said.

“Some have asked how much it is and then ran a mile when I told them it’s for sale for £100!”

The pumpkin, grown on a farm near Hesketh Bank in Lancashire, had to be delivered on a pallet truck given its substantial size.

Garry said if nobody buys it before Halloween, he might cut it up and give it away so people can make their own seasonal pumpkin soup.

His pumpkin has some way to go to beat the world record, which currently stands at 1,818lbs. It was presented by father and daughter team Jim and Kelsey Bryson at the Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest, Ontario, Canada, in October 2011.

Courier photographer Bruce Fitzgerald has also been getting in on the act.

Bruce, of Mill Bank, grew his own 60lbs super pumpkin in his garden - and then snapped his daughter, seven-year-old Lorien, with it.

He intends to carve it for Halloween - and make soup with the remander.

Have you grown any prize pumpkins - or any enormous fruit or veg? Tell us all about it - and send us your snaps. Email the details to newsdesk@halifaxcourier.co.uk