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Strange Spud: Ernest Twyford of Farley grew this odd looking potato, which we think resembles Rammie, the Derby County mascot.
Strange Spud: Ernest Twyford of Farley grew this odd looking potato, which we think resembles Rammie, the Derby County mascot.
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A THREE-and-a-half-pound potato is rare enough, but how about one that looks like an angry teddybear?

Farley resident Ernest Twyford, 75, dug up this monster on September 22 and was so astonished he brought it to show the Mercury.

“When I saw it at first, I thought it was nearly like a face,” he said. “When I turned it over, well, it was a face!”

Mr Twyford said the Desiree potato is organic – definitely not superglued – and that he grew it by planting an old eating potato in leftover silage at Darley Forest Grange where he works.

He has no plan to eat his teddy tattie, which has splits like eyes.

Mr Twyford, a farmer, was shown how to grow potatoes by his uncle 52 years ago, but this was the first time he had tried his unorthodox new method.

And the results, he said, have been astonishing: “They are all big ones, but nothing fancy like this one.”