Whopping harvest for hospice as 8.5 stone pumpkin donated

Bill Cobb presents a giant pumpkin to Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice w111007-8g
Bill Cobb presents a giant pumpkin to Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice w111007-8g
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WHAT a bumper pumpkin...

This whopping specimen weighs more than the average jockey – 8.5 stone – and is so heavy it needs to be carried in a wheelbarrow.

It could have made hundreds of pumpkin pies, or one scary Halloween lantern, but has been donated to Bluebell Wood children’s hospice by Dronfield grower Bill Cobb.

“The call came out of the blue saying we’ve got this huge pumpkin, what do you want to do with it?” said Andrea Hudson, Derbyshire fundraiser for the hospice.

Readers may remember Bill - whose pumpkin and other oversized vegetables have won prizes - from when he excelled in another field: boxing.

The 80-year-old was known then as ‘Billy Cobb’ and ranked seventh in the country but retired in 1954 after getting wed, turning to green-fingered pursuits instead.

Grandad Bill, of Snape Hill Crescent, said: “The allotment I have has been mine for 46 years, I’ve grown all kinds of veg, parsnips that are five feet long and carrots four foot long.”

• To read the full story see this week’s Derbyshire Times.