THEY may look brown and boring, but there is more to the great British potato than meets the eye.

THEY may look brown and boring, but there is more to the great British potato than meets the eye. And to prove it more than over 75 weird and wonderful varieties were on display in the Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon, on Saturday (February 11) at an exhibition given by the Cambridgeshire Self-Sufficiency Group.

The group was formed three years ago by chairman Mick Matthews, pictured, to raise awareness among families of how to eradicate waste and become more self-sufficient.

"We were very pleased with the turn-out," Mr Matthews told The Hunts Post. "There must have been over 300 people over the course of the day."

The group also presented sustainable charity Send a Cow with a cheque for £47.04 which had been raised at last October's harvest dinner. The charity provides livestock, seeds, training and ongoing support to families in Africa.

And why so many spuds?

Mr Matthews said most people were limited in their choice of potato because supermarkets tended to stick to selling only one or two types.

"We lose a lot of potatoes because they are not very pretty," he said.

Visitors to Saturday's event got the chance to sample the British Queen and the Pink Fir Apple - rather odd-looking, but apparently very tasty - along with the popular Charlotte potato.