Oct 24 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
PUMPKIN growing fans were out in force over the weekend, but were saddened to learn that last Saturday’s Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin competition was to be the last – after 20 years.
Organiser Trevor Wilson decided to end the competition after two decades and thanked the sponsors of the show, the helpers, volunteers and his long suffering family for their support over the years.
The final show was won for the fourth year running by Mark O’Hanlon with a pumpkin weighing 797lbs.
In second place was Gerald Wright with a 720lbs specimen while Sue O’Hanlon came third with her vegetable weighing 683lbs.
The competition has raised thousands of pounds for the North West Air Ambulance and other local charities over the years.
This year the contest raised £800, which will go to the Air Ambulance.
Pumpkin king Trevor said: “It all went very well on the day and we managed to raise a lot of money for charity.
“People were coming and going all day long and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
“I’ve really enjoyed organising the contest over the years but it’s a lot of effort and all good things must come to an end.”
Twenty five people entered their pumpkins for the contest, but there could only be one winner.
Victorious Mark O’Hanlon said: “I’m really happy to have won for the fourth year in a row but I’m sad I’ll not have the chance to renew my title next year.
“I won both shields, the 2013 NFU Mutual Insurance All England Shield & The Mere Brow and District Shield, which is a great honour.
“The pumpkin contest has been a brilliant event for Mere Brow and it’s just a shame that it has to end.
“It’s unlikely I’ll be able to transport my pumpkins to other contests further away, but who knows,” said O’Hanlon.