Town takes pumpkin challenge
Locals got into the spirit of Halloween at Swaffham on Saturday as the town hosted its first Pumpkin Carving Competition.
Judging took place at the end of half term in the market after the pumpkins had been collected from the Market Cross Cafe and Saturday Market during the week.
Swaffham Town Council Market Committee organised the event and pumpkins were donated by Fountain Fresh, Norfolk Produce and Tesco’s.
Sheila Lister, chairman of the town council’s market committee, was on hand to present the prizes on Saturday.
She said: “We are so pleased to run an event that will encourage the next generation out to visit and enjoy the Market.
“Being able to offer pumpkins free has meant that everyone is able to take part and we very much appreciate the support of the Market traders and Tesco, who donated pumpkins.
“The event has been a real success and we hope to be able to repeat it next year, bigger and better of course!”
The prizes were categorised for those aged 8-16 and over 16s, and they all had a Halloween theme. They included three buckets of Halloween treats as well as a sticker book and craft kit. After originally intending to give out one prize for each category, three winners were awarded in each because of the high standard.
Members of the town’s Iceni Youth group took part in the competition as they had a go at carving during one of their sessions.
Officials from the Swaffham Lions club also supported the initiative.