Gourd blimey! That’s a big ‘un

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A vil­lage pub wel­comed Hal­loween by putting a gi­gan­tic carved pump­kin on its doorstep.

The Hook and Hatchet Inn in Church Road, Huck­ing put the mon­ster on dis­play ahead of the spooky hol­i­day yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

The enor­mous gourd, grown by pub reg­u­lar Chris Spree, was so heavy it needed to be lifted into place with a fork­lift truck.

The ex­pert carv­ing, fea­tur­ing haunt­ing faces on both sides, was done by Terry Davis.

Land­lord Keith Patch­ing said: “The re­ac­tion has been fan­tas­tic.

“We’re quite re­mote any­way but cer­tainly dur­ing the day when we put it out a lot of peo­ple are stop­ping and say­ing ‘is that a real pump­kin?’ It def­i­nitely is.”

While the pub boasts theirs is Kent’s largest pump­kin, they may have to set­tle it of­fi­cially with farmer Mark Batch­e­lor who grew a 220kg whop­per.

The hostelry also hosted a Hal­loween disco on Satur­day night, with lit­tle ones dress­ing up as ghosts, ghouls and skele­tons.

For more Hal­loween pic­tures turn to pages 40-41

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