More than a 1,000 people celebrated the humble potato at the seventh annual day dedicated to the vegetable.

Organised by the Cambridgeshire Self Sufficiency Group, the event took place at the Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon on Saturday with visitors swarming to hall to get their hands on a bag or two of spuds.

Chairman of the group Mick Matthews told The Hunts Post: “The day is building year on year as we had around 1,500 people which was about 500 people more than last year. Everyone enjoyed themselves which was great to see.”

There were 60 varieties of potatoes on sale, but by 1pm the group had sold out of Charlotte potatoes despite having 50 per cent more to buy than previous years.

“We had more potatoes that we’ve ever had for sale this year. It was about people trying a new variety of potato from those they would ordinary buy,” added Mr Matthews.

People came from all over the country to the show with a number of interests including gardeners, smallholders and allotment holders, were able to seed swap with the opportunity to exchange unwanted seeds.

“We also had a potato crèche run by the Girl Guides, Ramsey Walled Garden – who display most years, as well as Ramsey Crafters who showed off their knits for the first time.”

There were also onions for sale as well as potato flavoured refreshments including a cake made out of the classic spud.

INFORMATION: For more details about becoming a member of Cambridgeshire Self Sufficiency Group, call Mick Matthews on 01487 710641 or email