11:30am Monday 2nd September 2013
THE world’s heaviest gooseberry has been grown in Cheshire.
Kelvin Archer, head gardener at Rode Hall in Scholar Green, has once again broken the world record for a single gooseberry with his Millennium Berry which weighed in at 41 pennyweight, 11 and a quarter grains.
Kelvin, who takes part in the Lower Withington Show, previously held the record for 16 years until it was broken in 2009 by Bryan Nellist from Yorkshire-based show Egton Bridge with a berry of 39.21.
“The seasons this year have been so different that everything in the garden has been three weeks behind,” said Kelvin.
“I thought I would see how long the berry would last as it was nowhere near ripe.
“Normally, all the gooseberries would have burst by now but this is still as solid as anything. I’m sure it could have made another five pennyweights if it had been left to grow.”
A special weighing session was arranged, conforming with Guinness Book of Records rules, at Marton, where Kelvin captured his previous world record in 1993.
“Everyone was really pleased the world record was back in Cheshire,” Kelvin added.
“We sent it off to the Guinness Book of Records to be verified as the world record but it will take about six weeks before it is confirmed.”
Goostrey’s reigning gooseberry champion at the Crown Inn, Peter Goode, and Les Stanier, winner of Peover’s show at The Dog, will be going head to head at the Crown’s beer festival this weekend to help raise funds for East Cheshire Hospice.
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