Spooktacular pumpkin wins St Albans pub prize

PUB-GOERS weren’t just raising pints at a St Albans pub at on Halloween – they forked out �5 each to grow pumpkins from seeds to raise more than �550 for a bowel cancer charity.

Local horticulturist Sid Hilton flexed his green fingers to take first prize for his pumpkin which tipped the scales at 36 pounds and six-and-a-half ounces. He said: It was cultivated from a secret recipe of special seeds and I think we will be having the biggest bowl of soup in town in the next few days.”

Like other regulars of the White Lion, Sid had laboured for months to cultivate a richly coloured crop of pumpkins.

The spooky night saw Count Dracula rubbing shoulders with the Duke and Duchess of Sopwell Lane last Sunday at the historic inn which dates back to 1593. Landlord David Worcester hailed the gathering of the weird, wonderful and downright bizarre characters as, “one for my book of memories.”

The wood carved trophy was presented to Sid by the judge for the evening, Dr James Robertson, who paid tribute to White Lion regulars for their generosity.