Giant pumpkin is a bit of a squash!

Tom Boyd with a giant pumpkin he has grown

Tom Boyd with a giant pumpkin he has grown

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Keen gardener Tom Boyd was proud of his giant pumpkin... until he realised the huge squash was too big to get through his greenhouse door.

The mammoth Halloween favourite weighs in at more than 16 stone and, at four feet wide, far too big to be easily removed from Mr Boyd’s hot house.

Now the retired landscape gardener has had to dismantle part of the greenhouse so the pumpkin can be used as a centrepiece for his village’s harvest festival celebrations.

The 73-year-old, who grew the gargantuan gourd from a packet of seeds in the garden of his home in Mains Lane, Singleton, said: “I could see it was going to be large, but it kept getting bigger and bigger.

“I wanted enter it in the Freckleton Show at the weekend, and it was then I realised it was too big to get out of the greenhouse. My wife, Norma, thinks its hilarious, and the grandchildren have put it on Facebook.

“Luckily, it’s a metal greenhouse, so I can dismantle part of it to get it out.

“I’ve grown pumpkins for years, but I’ve never had one get to this size before.”

However, Tom’s giant veg is a mere tiddler compared to the world’s biggest pumpkin, which weighed in at more than 1,000 pounds in 2010.

Despite its freakish size, Tom’s giant will share the fate of most pumpkins at this time of year.

“Eventually, we are going to carve it into a Halloween lantern,” he added.

“We’ll use the flesh to make some nice soup or pumpkin pie.”