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Monster tomato may set record

A HEAVYWEIGHT tomato grown in Huddersfield could be a record breaker.

A HEAVYWEIGHT tomato grown in Huddersfield could be a record breaker.

Gardener Jim Starr produced the 1lb 8oz beefsteak tomato giant at his home in Burwood Road, Lindley.

He is laying claim to the record after reading in a national newspaper about another tomato giant - a 1lb 5oz specimen grown by Brian Seabright, of Burley, Hampshire.

Mr Starr said: "I didn't even consider it being a big tomato until I picked up the Daily Mail and saw the 1lb 5oz one inside.

"I got my scales out and weighed mine and sure enough it was heavier."

The huge tomato with a 17 inch circumference around its middle and a measurement of 12½ inches around its height, came from one of six plants in Mr Starr's back garden.

As a retired Ministry of Agriculture inspector, he has an eye for prize fruit and veg.

"I used to go round the markets checking on their quality," he said.

Although the Guinness Book Of Records does not have a category for giant tomatoes, it is said to be interested in creating one.

Unfortunately, Huddersfield's prime candidate is no longer around to stake its claim.

"I gave it to Lindley Liberal Club," said Mr Starr. "They were interested in having it and they cater for a lot of functions.

"A slice of it would just about fit between two pieces of bread."


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