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Giant onion weighing almost 9kg 'breaks world record'

A grower has proved he knows his onions with a giant vegetable contest entry expected to break a world record.

Green-fingered Gareth Griffin produced the root vegetable weighing a whopping 8.97kg (19.775lb) for the National English Honor Society (NEHS) Giant Vegetable Competition.

The large specimen went on display at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, which hosts the contest.

The onion was among colossal cabbages, monumental marrows and very big beetroots judged at the flower show, held at Newby Hall and Gardens near Ripon in North Yorkshire.

Fellow grower Chris Parish took home a prize for his giant pumpkin, weighing 102kg.

Meanwhile Paul Proud's cabbage, parsnip, beetroot and cucumber claimed victory in their respective categories.

The Harrogate Flower Show runs twice a year, in April and September, with up to 30,000 visitors expected to attend the autumn event, held from Friday until Sunday.

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The show also features a display entitled The Blooms Of Deception, inspired by the tales of intrigue and suspense by British crime writer, Agatha Christie.

The author, who died in 1976, celebrated her birthday on 15 September.

The spring event takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, from 25-28 April next year.

In 2021, Peter Glazebrook, from Nottinghamshire, entered the history books for growing the heaviest aubergine, weighing 3.12kg (6lb 14oz), Guinness World Records said.

It was the 17th record for the dedicated giant vegetable grower - who previously held the record for the heaviest onion weighing 8.2kg (18lb 1.5oz).

Sky News has contacted Guinness World Records to confirm whether Mr Griffin's entry will make the pages of its famous book.