KNUTSFORD GUARDIAN

A BATTLE-OF-THE-BULGE is being fought across Cheshire as rival gooseberry growers defend their crops against a massed invasion of sun, heat and rain threatening the growing fruit, writes John Williams.

The sudden burst of sunshine gave a bumper harvest a ripening spurt some weeks too early for the annual gooseberry shows starting this weekend and continuing into next month in a string of villages, including Over Peover, Allostock, Goostrey and Holmes Chapel.

Russell Burns, patron of the Yellow Broom restaurant, Twemlow, is reportedly nurturing a “real whopper” of a berry on his bushes but it will be touch and go if it survives for the Swettenham show a week this Saturday.
“It is a really nice berry and I reckon if he is lucky and it doesn’t burst it could win the Mid-Cheshire Association trophy for the heaviest this year,” said Terry.

“It is a really nice berry and I reckon if he is lucky and it doesn’t burst it could win the Mid-Cheshire
Association trophy for the heaviest this year,” said Terry.

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