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Pumpkins rock!

Posted on November 26 2006 at 2:16:55


On Halloween night, the village of Burcot was full of famous faces ...

Ozzy Osbourne and Bono were among the faces making an appearance at this year’s Great Burcot Pumpkin Light-Up.

But don’t kick yourself for not having taken along your autograph book – they were joined by Tigger, SpongeBob and the Wicked Queen from Snow White, and they were of course the characters carved into pumpkins.

Around 700 people came from all around to pack the tiny hamlet and see the displays put together by the villagers. Visitors were surprised by what could be achieved from a carved pumpkin using simple light and shadow techniques to create an image.

Delighted event organiser Tim Ratcliffe said: “This has been our best year yet in terms of visitor numbers. We are now reaching people from the other side of Birmingham.”

He added: “We managed to raise a small amount for Children In Need; however, my ultimate goal is to get every garden in the village on board and pitch for sponsorship from local businesses to generate more revenue for this cause.”

As well as the garden displays, a small procession of lit pumpkins paraded along the Alcester Road to Hurrans Garden Centre where they were all displayed on the wall outside.

There were also a range of gift stalls set up outside Burcot Village Hall.

Best Garden Display winner Sue Cope, who created a Mount Rushmore-style display of rock star pumpkins, said: “It’s a fantastic event – the children are completely astounded by the pumpkins. The pressure is on for next year, though, as the skill level is improving with each event.”

Other winners on the night were Sarah Harrison, from Hurrans, who was closest to guessing the amount of seeds in the giant pumpkin; Martin Long, from Batchley, who was spot on with his estimate for the weight of the monster pumpkin; and Callum Ferguson of Lickey End, who won the pumpkin hunt competition.

Tim is already gathering ideas for 2007. The simple Jack O’Lantern is dead – long live the Great Burcot Pumpkin Light-Up!

*  Tim also organised a very successful Inter-Village Quiz in November, held in Burcot Village Hall and entered by 12 teams from Alvechurch, Tardebigge, Burcot and Stoke Heath.

The Tardebigge team was victorious, and the money raised went to Children in Need – the combined total from the pumpkin competitions and the quiz was £405. Tim would like to thank everyone involved.

Photo/Dave Besley

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