A GARDENER has broken the world record for growing the world’s heaviest leek – and it weighed in at a whopping 20lb 5oz.
John Pearson showcased the giant vegetable at the North East Horticultural Show.
The event, now established in its second year as a national show, attracted more than 400 entrants from across Britain.
Other weighty winners on the day included a 1071b marrow, a 54lb cabbage, a 16lb 4oz onion and a 4lb 5oz tomato.
John, of Hetton, said: “I got into growing vegetables when I was a young lad. I used to help my father water his plants at the allotment.
“He grew vegetables for exhibitions so I carried it on and that’s where I picked up my tips.
It is the third world record John has broken in an illustrious leek-growing career that has spanned 40 years.
In 2002 he set a new world record for a stand of two pot leeks at a show in Gateshead.
His world record for three leeks, set at Ashington, Northumberland, nine years ago, still stands.
This year John bought a machine used for weighing suitcases and kept it in his greenhouse to check the progress of his prize assets.
The horticultural show is run by the North East Horticultural Society and is based in a hangar at the South Causey Inn, at Stanley, County Durham.
Show organiser and former leek champion John Soulsby, from Kibblesworth, Gateshead, said: “People have travelled from all over the country and we had five world record holders taking part.
“The aim is to make this is a major event for the North East.”