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Byline: By Natalie Walker

GARDENER Alex Sutherland is doing the Monster Mash at his Loch Ness-side home.

He reckons the potato he has unearthed from his vegetable patch is the spitting image of Nessie.

Alex said yesterday he was stunned by the tattie - which looks like a spoof image of Nessie-like creatures from 1995 - when he dug it up at his home in Errogie,Inverness-shire.

He said: 'Everyone I show it to says it has a Nessie appearance. It looks like a plesiosaurus, which is what they say the Loch Ness Monster is.

'I stay in the hills above Loch Ness and every day when I drive into Inverness to work I always look down towards the loch to see if I can spot Nessie.

'Never once did I think I would find her in my own front garden.'

Alex, who works for Highland Council, added: 'I grow a type of potato called Pink Fir Apple.

'I have grown them for years and have unearthed all shapes and sizes, but never a Nessie before.

The potato's unusual appearance has saved it from going under the masher. But Alex is now looking for ideas on what to do with it instead.


POT THICKENS: Alex with his spud, which looks like many so-called images of Nessies, left
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 22, 2004
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