Land of giants is no bad thing for record-breaker

Geoff Moscrop with his leeks which broke the record at the CIU Show at Cramlington WM Club.
Geoff Moscrop with his leeks which broke the record at the CIU Show at Cramlington WM Club.

A dedicated vegetable grower is celebrating a gigantic achievement after his monster leeks helped him smash two world records.

Geoff Moscrop achieved the feat at the Northumberland Club and Institute Union (CIU) 2013 Open Leek, Vegetable and Flower show, in Cramlington Working Men’s Club last week.

The 69-year-old from North Broomhill broke the record for one single pot leek, as well as two pot leeks, using CIU rules.

His single pot leek came in at 274.22 cubic inches, surpassing the previous record of 204.59 cubic inches, which had stood since 2011. His two pot leeks measured a whopping 457.72 cubic inches. The previous record, set in 2011, was 375.31 cubic inches.

“It is great,” he said. “I am very pleased.”

Geoff put his achievement down to dedication and he will be taking his biggest leek to Warkworth’s Hermitage Inn on Saturday, to display from around noon, when the venue hosts a leek show.

He believes his records will be tough to beat.

“They have smashed the previous records really. So I think my records will stand for a long time,” he said.

Geoff is no stranger to success. In 1991, he won the world championships with three pot leeks, which came in at 356 cubic inches.