Once again the Village of Linton Trust (VoLT) has illuminated the centre of Linton, near Ross-on-Wye, with carved pumpkins for Halloween. VoLT is a charitable trust established to maintain and improve the key infrastructure in the village.

The first year saw 30 illuminated pumpkins and now, in its fourth year, the display saw an amazing 130 individually carved and sponsored pumpkins on display for the evenings leading up to Halloween. The event kicked off on Tuesday, October 29th with an event in the garden of the Alma Inn, serving mulled cider and hotdogs with fun and games for the children, many of whom came in costume.

This was followed by the lighting of the pumpkins, which were re-lit on the following two nights.

Each pumpkin has a dedication to someone or something important in the sponsors’ life. It may be sons or daughters, parents or other close relatives and friends. Sometimes they are dedicated to a loved one who is deceased. As expected, family pets are well represented.

This year, there is a sponsor from across the globe in Australia. Year on year, this local event is becoming more well-known, and this year visitors came not just from Linton’s surrounding villages, but from neighbouring cities like Gloucester, to view the great display.

A spokesperson for VoLT told the Ross Gazette that they would like to thank everyone who sponsored and carved pumpkins, and to The Alma for its continued support of this event.

“Hopefully we will see more folk next year when we try to exceed the 130 pumpkins on display this year.”