Laurencekirk giant pumpkin causes a stir

Janice Elder (Branch Supervisor) and Elaine Arthur (Duty Manager) with the giant pumpkin at Scotmid Laurencekirk
Janice Elder (Branch Supervisor) and Elaine Arthur (Duty Manager) with the giant pumpkin at Scotmid Laurencekirk
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A giant pumpkin has taken up residence in Scotmid’s Laurencekirk store, as part of a Hallowe’en ‘guess the weight’ competition.

The competition will raise funds for Anthony Nolan and gives customers the chance to win a £25 shopping voucher.

Each guess costs £1 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the charity. The entry that is closest to the weight of the pumpkin will win the gift voucher and will be announced on October 31.

The average weight of a normal-sized pumpkin is 10-20 pounds, while the current world record for the weight of a pumpkin is over 2000 pounds.

The giant pumpkin was grown by Mark O’Hanlon in Lancashire for Raith Fruit, and it took six months to grow from seed. Raith Fruit is one of Scotmid’s local suppliers.

Stewart Smith, store manager, said: “Our giant pumpkin is set to cause quite a stir this Hallowe’en and we’ve already had lots of people taking giant pumpkin selfies with it.

“We’re encouraging customers to have a punt at the poundage of the pumpkin to win a great prize and raise money for our charity partner, Anthony Nolan. Our only clue is that it weighs somewhere between 198 and 1058 pounds (90kg – 480kg).”

Lila Dowie, senior corporate partnerships manager at Anthony Nolan, said: “Good luck to everyone taking part in Scotmid’s pumpkin weight guessing competition. We would like to wish all of the participants a happy Halloween and we are very grateful to them for helping to raise money for Anthony Nolan. The money that they raise through this competition will help Anthony Nolan save the lives of more people with blood cancer.”

Anthony Nolan is Scotmid’s official charity partner for 2014/2015. Nearly 5,000 staff members from more than 350 stores have turned into ‘The Scotmid Lifesavers’ for the year, teaming up with their communities to raise a target of £200,000 for Anthony Nolan.