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A mangold wurzel and half a crown

Oct 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Personal Columns

It is forty-five years since I won the prize.  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 …