in Weird & Wonderful at in St Hedda's Schoolroom
07 August 2012 - 07 August 2012 (TBC)
06 August 2013 - 06 August 2013 (TBC)
Upholding the 19th-century tradition of finding the heaviest gooseberry has always been of utmost importance at Egton Bridge in North Yorkshire. Some 200 years after its origin, competition entrants at St Hedda's Schoolroom are as enthusiastic as ever.
Gardeners enter their biggest gooseberries into one of four classes: red gooseberries (Lord Derby); yellow ones (Woodpecker); greens (Fascination) and white ones. The prizes are household goods - who knows, maybe even a liquidiser.
The heaviest gooseberry is determined by an apothecary scale, measured in drams and grains. The heaviest so far weighed in at 35 drams - that's the size of a golf ball.
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