Egton Bridge, eight miles from Whitby in the North York Moors National Park, is the setting for the oldest surviving gooseberry show in the country, established in 1800. The show is held on the first Tuesday in August each year by the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society. Upholding the 19th-century tradition of finding the heaviest gooseberry has always been of utmost priority at Egton Bridge in North Yorkshire. Some 200 years after its origin, entrants to this competition at St Hedda's Schoolroom are as enthusiastic as ever. Gardeners enter their biggest gooseberries into one of four classes: red gooseberries, yellow ones, greens and white ones. The heaviest gooseberry is determined by an apothecary scale, measured in drams and grains. Eighteen drams is approximately 1oz. Past record winners have weighed in at 33 drams - that's the size of a golf ball.
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