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The spooky and skillful designs from the Beccles Pumpkin Festival

PUBLISHED: 11:17 01 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:19 01 November 2018

Pumpkins were intricately etched in to unsavoury characters and spooky creatures. Picture: Contributed

Pumpkins were intricately etched in to unsavoury characters and spooky creatures. Picture: Contributed

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The hand-sculpted design of each pumpkin were showcased at Morrisons for a magical trail fit for all ages.

First place was awarded to Andrew’s auto tech for their ghoulish pumpkin. The pumpkin had a fully-welded body, with a metal ribcage and spanner spine. Picture: ContributedFirst place was awarded to Andrew’s auto tech for their ghoulish pumpkin. The pumpkin had a fully-welded body, with a metal ribcage and spanner spine. Picture: Contributed

Perfectly-carved pumpkins lit up Beccles on Sunday for the third Pumpkin Festival.

The hand-sculpted design of each pumpkin were showcased at Morrisons for a magical trail fit for all ages.

The trail, which was organised by Yvette Tackley, was raising funds for the Beccles Football Club and Beccles Mayors appeal.

Led by mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, the appeal has worked towards restoring the old playground in Beccles Quay - a project which will cost around £100,000 to complete.

The hand-sculpted design of each pumpkin were planted in shop windows for a magical trail fit for all ages. Picture: ContributedThe hand-sculpted design of each pumpkin were planted in shop windows for a magical trail fit for all ages. Picture: Contributed

Thirty-five pumpkins were intricately etched into unsavoury characters and spooky creatures.

Scores of locals attended the trail to raise funds both the football club and the mayors appeal - which will go towards the restoration of the park.

It is yet to be revealed just how much money has been raised from the event over the weekend, but the proceeds were intended to be a 50-50 spilt between the appeal and the club.

Local businesses paid £25 to carve a pumpkin and become involved in the trail.

The Beccles community came together to the third annual pumpkin trail. Picture: ContributedThe Beccles community came together to the third annual pumpkin trail. Picture: Contributed

At the end of the trail, the community came together and voted for their favourite corporate pumpkin.

First place was awarded to Andrew’s auto tech for their ghoulish pumpkin, which had a fully-welded body, with a metal rib cage and spanner spine.

Second place was handed to Beccles Carnival for their more traditional, spooky pumpkin which boasted a knife through its right eye.

Third place went to Friends of Beccles Cancer Research, who created a pained pumpkin with skeleton arms, clutching on to its brain.

Second place was awarded to Beccles carnival for their more traditional, spooky pumpkin with a knife through its eye. Picture: ContributedSecond place was awarded to Beccles carnival for their more traditional, spooky pumpkin with a knife through its eye. Picture: Contributed

Miss Tackley, who hails from Beccles said the event was “absolutely brilliant.”

“Quite a lot of people dressed up, a lot of the stall holders were all made up too,” she said.

Businesses such as the Butchers Arms, Lovewell Blake and Rosedale Funeral Home also were involved in the competition.

“A lot of the children were taking selfies with the pumpkins and we had a man dressed up as the Grimm Reaper,” Miss Tackley said.

The hand-sculpted design of each pumpkin were planted in shop windows for a magical trail fit for all ages. Picture: ContributedThe hand-sculpted design of each pumpkin were planted in shop windows for a magical trail fit for all ages. Picture: Contributed

On the event, Mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw said: “In the day of mass consumerism, just carving a pumpkin and putting a light in it is good for the soul.”

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