Archive for October 2007

I could have done a lot with two and six

Oct 31st, 2007 | By | Category: Personal Columns

Punkie Night.

31st October 1966 was Punkie Night at Long Sutton Primary School, not that many of us would have had pumpkins with which to make Hallowe’en lanterns.  For most of us, it would have been more appropriate to have called it mangold wurzel night.

Mangold wurzels are bigger forms of what English people call swedes and what Irish people call turnips.  They were grown for winter fodder for cattle and were usually pink or purple or orange on the outside.  In the absence of the exotic pumpkin, they did …