Giant beetroot busts records

RECORD-breaking Keith Bright left more experienced competitors red-faced, after exhibiting a giant beetroot that tipped the scales at16lb 9¾oz.Although not quite a world record, the first-time entrant's offering in Capel St Mary's annual flower and produce show still takes some beet-ing.

RECORD-breaking Keith Bright left more experienced competitors red-faced, after exhibiting a giant beetroot that tipped the scales at16lb 9¾oz.

Although not quite a world record, the first-time entrant's offering in Capel St Mary's annual flower and produce show still takes some beet-ing.

The previous biggest beetroot in the 26-year-old event, weighed 8lb 8¾oz - half the size of Mr Bright's.

The 53-year-old, of The Street, said the secret of his success was "a labour of regular watering and feeding".


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He added: "I'm delighted with it, especially as it's the first time I've entered.

"I only entered to make up the numbers, but the beetroot was one I was looking forward to exhibiting."

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Although it is the biggest beetroot Capel St Mary has ever seen, Mr Bright recalled seeing one weighing 50lb during a visit to Cornwall's Eden Project.

He intends to go one better next year and is already planning his next entry, although he has no plans to enjoy the fruits of his labour this time round.

"When beetroots get this big, they tend to taste a bit woody so I won't be eating it," he said.

A total of 565 entries were received from 74 people at the show, which was organised by the village's Allotment Association and held on Saturday and Sunday .

They were competing in 135 classes, with categories including vegetables, cookery and arts and crafts.

Phil Hickley, one of the organisers, said: "We're delighted with the entries, particularly considering it's been such a dry season."

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