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Grower hails gooseberry 'Holy Grail'.

A MAN who has broken the world record for the heaviest gooseberry has described the achievement as "the Holy Grail of gooseberry growing".

Graeme Watson, 59, from Ainthorpe, North Yorkshire, said it was a "good feeling" to break the record with his 64.56g "little beauty".

But he said it was a "race against time" to submit the champion fruit to Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show before it lost too much weight.

Mr Watson said "It was picked last night, it was a little bit of a surprise. I got my hands on it and thought, 'this is a good one'.

"I didn't get much sleep last night when I realised this might just happen. I had a bit of a sleepless night. The nerves were a bit jangly this morning but I was trying not to show any emotion.

"It's probably a once-in-alifetime gooseberry for most growers. It's a good feeling. It's the Holy Grail of gooseberry growing."

Mr Watson said the fruit begins to lose weight from the moment it is picked. He said: "It was a race against time to get it to the show."

Mr Watson's gooseberry, a yellow variety called Millennium, weighed in at 64.56g - beating 30 other competitors and the current world record of 64.49g.


Graeme Watson, from Ainthorpe, North Yorks, with his world record gooseberryOWEN HUMPHREYS

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 7, 2019
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