Old gooseberry show a success once again

Egton Bridge’s world famous Old Gooseberry Show took place on Tuesday at St Hedda’s School.

The 113-year-old gooseberry show was as popular as ever, with growers overcoming this year’s unusul weather conditions to deliver some of the largest berries known to man.

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This year’s overall show winner was Graham Watson, with a 29.13 dram specimen, although over a hundred different prizes were once again awarded on the day.

Weighman Howard Hebden, of Sleights, who has been a member of the Egton Bridge gooseberry society for 20 years, said: “There were some good berries this year. No record breakers, but some decent ones.”

Once again hundreds of visitors came to gasp at the oversized berries, including a party from the Swedish town of Skillinge. Five years ago a visit to Egton Bridge inspired the group to start their own ‘Krusbarsfestival’, or gooseberry festival.