Four British records smashed at Ipswich seeds firm Thompson & Morgan’s Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Southampton

Stuart and Ian Paton with their record-breaking pumpkin at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Southampt

Stuart and Ian Paton with their record-breaking pumpkin at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Southampton, sponsored by Thompson & Morgan. Picture: THOMPSON & MORGAN - Credit: Thompson & Morgan

Four British records were smashed at a national pumpkin festival sponsored by Ipswich seed firm Thompson & Morgan.

A giant pumpkin at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Southampton, sponsored by Thompson & Morgan. Pict

A giant pumpkin at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Southampton, sponsored by Thompson & Morgan. Picture: THOMPSON & MORGAN - Credit: Thompson & Morgan

Stuart and Ian Paton from Hampshire broke the record that they set in 2016 for the heaviest pumpkin to be grown in the UK at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Netley, Southampton, on October 14.

Paul Hansord of Thompson & Morgan said: “We’ve been sponsoring the Autumn Pumpkin Festival event in Southampton for many years and it’s always exciting when a record is beaten, so this year we’re thrilled to see four records broken.”

Matthew Oliver of RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, beat the record for heaviest outdoor-grown pumpkin with a 1498.4lbs whopper. In 2016, he hollowed out his giant pumpkin and rowed it across a lake. Steve Bridges of Bath took the prize for heaviest UK-grown squash (457.3lb) and David Maund of north Devon for his 176.5lb field pumpkin.