Gourd blimey! That’s a big ‘un
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