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Prize pumpkin grew to sound of music

PUBLISHED: 15:37 12 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:37 12 September 2013

Polly Hallewell (10) picked up a double gold at the Tostock Show for her massive 6 stone pumpkin.

Polly Hallewell (10) picked up a double gold at the Tostock Show for her massive 6 stone pumpkin.


Ten-year-old Polly Hallewell, of Tostock, has grown a pumpkin so large – more than her own weight at a whopping 94lb – she has earned herself the prize at the village show.

The giant vegetable impressed the judges so much they named Polly, a pupil at Beyton Middle School, Young Gardener of the Year. Revealing the secret of her green fingered success, Polly said she sang to her pumpkin to help it grow.

She said she sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to the growing pumpkin, adding inspiration for the musical technique came from the Prince of Wales and her grandmother Janet, while her gardening skills were nurtured by Lionel Grooves, who works on the allotments near her home.

“Lionel has the allotment and he does a lot of work on it and he’s been teaching me how to plant things like leeks and all the stuff he knows about gardening,” she said. “They taste better than the ones in the shops.”

Her father, Richard, said Polly, who plays football for Bury Town’s youth division, had to dash off to turn out for Bury Town in their game against Wealdstone and then rush back in time for the prize-giving ceremony.

The pumpkin will be donated to a local church for its harvest festival.


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