Youngster’s words saw pumpkin grow

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A huge pumpkin was the highlight of an annual horticultural show held in Ilkeston.

More than 20 cups and trophies were up for grabs at the 59th show, held to raise funds for the Old Park Ward Old Aged Pensioners’ Fund.

Leading the way at the event, held in The Welcome Hall in St John’s Road, were John Stevenson who excelled in vegetable classes, John Sheldon who made his mark with eye-catching floral entries, and Noah Marshall one of the show’s youngest exhibitors.

Stealing the thunder however, with a whopping 11 and a half stone pumpkin entry was five-year-old Kaydn Drew. His parents Adrian and Shelley said he nurtured the pumpkin consistently for the past few months.

Adrian said: “Kaydn is dead keen on gardening and we have left it to him to water and feed the pumpkin. He gives it a kiss and says kind words to it and all the attention has paid off.”

Among other winning exhibitors were Alf Baker, Len and David Collishaw, Jack Harvey and Graham Limb.

Secretary, Ann Bagshaw Bagshaw said: “It has been a very successful show and the quality of the exhibits has been first class.

“I would like to thank businesses, groups and individuals, who have generously supported our efforts. Over the years we have raised a considerable amount of money which has gone to support lonely, vulnerable,and elderly members of the community.”