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Pumpkin measures up

PUBLISHED: 10:45 17 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:08 25 August 2010

WHOPPER: Deputy mayor Janet Sargeant and

WHOPPER: Deputy mayor Janet Sargeant and

A COUNCILLOR whose giant pumpkin won first prize in a horticultural competition has invited people to guess its girth to raise money for a hospital.

A COUNCILLOR whose giant pumpkin won first prize in a horticultural competition has invited people to guess its girth to raise money for a hospital.

Swanley town councillor Robert Woodbridge took first prize at the Bexleyheath and District Horticulture Society Show, held in the Broadway this month.

Last Friday, he put the pumpkin in Swanley Library, in London Road, where visitors can guess its circumference for the chance to win a meal for two at The Olympic restaurant in Beechenlea Lane.

Mr Woodbridge said: "It was the first time I entered a vegetable show so am quite proud!

"The pumpkin was grown on my allotment and was fed diluted chicken manure, liquid tomato feed and an occasional glass of beer."

Visitors to the library will be charged £1 to enter their guess, with proceeds going towards the Mayor of Swanley Charity, which will benefit Darent Valley Hospital's cardiac unit.

The winner will be announced next month.

lizzie.thornton@archant.co.uk

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