THIS year’s successful grower in the Betws in Need annual pumpkin growing competition was Emyr Davies of Garnswllt, with a whopping entry weighing in at 136lbs - 61.2kg in new money.

The competition is run by Betws in Need, a fundraising organisation in the village, which raises money locally and distributes the monies to local worthy causes.

A spokesperson for the group said: “For the aficionados of trivia, over the last few years, at least five winners have been from Garnswllt.

“Could it be something in the air maybe, considering the proximity of the filter beds.”

In keeping with the charitable ethos of the competition, Emyr has decided to donate his winnings to the local Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, a commendable gesture as this year marks the centenary of the end of The First World War.

Emyr presented his cheque of £100 to Major Ken Burton, one of the stalwarts of The Poppy Appeal in Ammanford.

Speaking about the competition, Mr Davies told The Guardian: “We were all given the same plant at the same time back in May and the competition came to an end recently and mine weight 136lbs.”