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Two records broken

At the 20th Jubilee Sailing Trust Autumn Pumpkin [Cucurbita] Festival, held at Netley, Hampshire, on Saturday 13 October 2018, new records were achieved for the heaviest squash and the heaviest pumpkin.  Apparently in this context squashes have green skins, and the latter are orange or yellow.

The record for the heaviest squash grown in the United Kingdom which had not been beaten for 15 years, was broken by Matthew Oliver, a gardener at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hyde Hall, Essex, with a fruit weighing 1085.8 lbs.

Last year brothers Ian and Stuart Paton, of Lymington, Hampshire, achieved a new British record with a pumpkin weighing 2229.4 lbs; this year they broke the record again with a winning entry which weighed 2433.9 lbs.

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