Prize leek growers in Ashington
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Giant leek growing tradition 'under threat'

There are fears the great North East tradition of prize leek growing will soon become a thing of the past.

The growing of prize leeks, and other giant vegetables, has its roots in the region's mining heritage, when it offered pitmen a welcome hobby out in the fresh air.

But with only a handful of leek shows remaining, there are concerns that this proud northern tradition could soon be lost forever.

A handful of leek men in Ashington, Northumberland, stoically keep the tradition alive.

The full report can be seen on Inside Out, North East & Cumbria on BBC One at 19:30 on Monday 19 October.

  • 19 Oct 2015
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