Pumpkin crop washout
A PUMPKIN shortage almost left Tulleys Farm without the iconic Hallowe'en fruit.
The wet summer has devastated crops across the country, including the one at Tulleys. Owner Stuart Beare had to buy 5,000 pumpkins.
He said: "We usually grow about 7,000 to 8,000 pumpkins but it was too wet this year. We contracted another farm to grow them for us but their crop failed as well. In the end we got 5,000 from a farm in Evesham but we paid what we would usually sell them for.
"Hallowe'en without pumpkins is like Christmas without a Christmas tree so we had to get them.
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"They are in very short supply and I wouldn't be surprised if the supermarkets run out very quickly."
One of the Shocktoberfest attractions has had to be redesigned because of the soggy summer. The Field Of Screams was renamed Dr Plague's Trail of Terror after maize failed to grow.