Jon bags pub’s potato prize

Potato champion Jon Short.
Potato champion Jon Short.

A Harbottle pub’s annual potato competition boasted 114 entries in its ninth year.

Entrants received a bucket and potato from the Star Inn in April and returned them for judging on August 17.

A gang of helpers emptied and weighed for two hours, until Jon Short (pictured) was declared the winner with 4.295kg.

Results – Adults: 1 Jon Short 4.295kg; 2 Glen Middlemiss 2.945kg; 3 Matthew Gaffney 2.580kg. Booby prize: John Dunn 0.035g.

Children: 1 James Bulloch 1.430kg; 2 Josh Rogerson 1.315kg; 3 Jessica Milburn 1.175kg. Booby prize: Megan Hodgson 0.285g.

The event raised £93, which will be shared between Harbottle First School and Harbottle Show.