Huge pumpkin rolls in to market for Halloween

Four-year-old Abigail Kovacs and the giant pumpkin
Four-year-old Abigail Kovacs and the giant pumpkin

A scarily large pumpkin has arrived at Chorley Market just in time for Halloween.

The pumpkin is so big that a wagon and a forklift truck were used to deliver it to Chorley.

Trader Chris Ball brought the giant pumpkin to his stall, Longlands Farm Produce, ahead of Halloween.

Chris, who has worked on the market for 40 years, said: “It looks like an elephant’s head. It’s a massive pumpkin.”

And it has certainly caused a stir among shoppers visiting the market.

“Most people take a picture of it. They can sit on the pumpkin because it’s so big,” he said. “No-one can pick it up.”

“It looks like an elephant’s head. It’s a massive pumpkin.”

Chris Ball

The pumpkin was donated by Chorley Council and Preston wholesaler JH Haslam.

And Chris is running a competition for people to guess its weight in return for a £1 donation to Derian House children’s house.

The weight of the pumpkin, along with the person with the closest guess, will be announced on Saturday and the winner will receive a prize.

Chris has held similar competitions in the past and donated between £150 and £250 to the hospice each time.

He has not yet decided what will happen to the pumpkin after Halloween.

He has previously given a giant pumpkin to a Scout group to make a pie or seeds from a pumpkin have been used to grow more.

Chris said: “If anybody thinks they have a good idea what to do with it, they are more than welcome to come along and get it.”