Mar­ket place for art

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Ev­ery au­tumn, from Septem­ber to Novem­ber, an enormous mu­ral is put on dis­play in the vil­lage of Slin­don, West Sus­sex. It is made from more than 50 dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of pump­kin and 30 va­ri­eties of squash. Pre­vi­ous sub­jects in­clude boats, aero­planes, the night sky and har­vest scenes. The tra­di­tion was started in 1968 by Ralph Up­ton, who grew pump­kins in the area for more than 45 years. It has been con­tin­ued by his son, Robin, and a de­voted team. At the ac­com­pa­ny­ing mar­ket, many types of pump­kins and squash can be bought. A recipe book, writ­ten by Ralph and his wife, Bar­bara, en­ti­tled Pump­kins, Squashes and Things... and How to Cook Them, can also be bought lo­cally for £1.

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