Spud lover in 1,000-mile trip for top tat­ties

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - Paul ward

A potato lover has made a 1,000-mile round trip to Scot­land in or­der to dig up his own sup­ply.

Jamie Mc­Coo, from Deal in Kent, was brought up in Scot­land and has trav­elled back in re­cent years to col­lect 25kgs of his favourite Ayr­shire new pota­toes.

The 69-year-old had con­tacted Scotty Brand to check for stock­ists of Ayr­shire pota­toes in the south east of Eng­land but with no avail­abil­ity south of the Bor­der he was in­vited to Gir­van, South Ayr­shire to dig his own batch with father and son farm­ers Drew and David Young.

He said: “My mother al­ways told me that the first dig re­sulted in the best batch and Ayr­shire pota­toes are some of the finest new pota­toes grown in the UK.

“Ayr­shire pota­toes come into sea­son in June, so I’ve been mak­ing the spe­cial trip for the last cou­ple of years to stock up for sum­mer.

“Scotty’s new pota­toes are, in my opin­ion, the best out there, so it’s been great to meet the farmer Drew Young who al­lowed me to dig my own batch.”

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