Huge onion wins £1,000

GARDENER Paul Rochester has grown the most valuable ounce of onion in the world.

GARDENER Paul Rochester has grown the most valuable ounce of onion in the world.

Paul Rochester with his giant onion

Paul took first prize at the World Leek and Onion Show, sponsored by Newcastle Breweries at the Northern Club in Ashington, Northumberland.

His onion weighed in at 15lb six and a quarter ounces to win him the world title and a £1,000 prize. But only a single ounce separated Paul from runner-up Des Watson’s onion.

And with prize money for the second place set at £350, that ounce of humble onion was worth a whopping £650.

“I don’t think even an ounce of gold is worth that,” said Paul who, like Des, comes from Seaham in County Durham.

The world leek title at Ashington went to John Adocock, of Eastwell Farm, Sedgefield, County Durham.

Tony Henderson

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