If Cinderella’s fairy godmother is ever looking for another pumpkin to turn into a coach, she should take a look in Brian Drummond’s garden.
For he has managed to grow not one but two monsters, just waiting to be called into use, just in time for Halloween.
At the moment Brian and his wife Lorraine are swithering between taking them to a local school or sharing them with friends at the Asda depot in Middlefield where he works, as part of the festivities at the end of the month.
The biggest of the two is a massive 200lbs and nearly the size of a small washing machine, according to Brian, a keen gardener from Laurieston. The other a mere 120lbs.
The 61-year-old, who used to be a regular exhibitor in the district’s annual garden shows in the 1980s, proved he hasn’t lost his passion, or his touch, when it comes to growing vegetables.
The pumpkins in question started off life in tiny pots in his spare bedroom before being moved into his greenhouse where they bloomed through a mixture of loving care and a few key ingredients.
“There isn’t really a secret. I bought a variety of seeds that can grow very big and prepared the ground with chicken manure, garden manure and liquid seaweed.
“I used that back in horticultural college years ago and I know people who have grown exhibition vegetables with seaweed from the Forth and had really cracking results.
Although the pumpkins are giants for this country they are not up to the 2009lb one that holds the current record and was grown in the United States.