FORGET all about ‘The Day Of The Triffids”.
Residents in one Horncastle street believe they could be starring in a new feature film, ‘Invasion Of The Tomato Plants.’
Amazingly, half-a-dozen tomato plants have started to grow in Watermill Road.
And if all this sounds slightly saucy - or even seedy - the plants are flourishing.
They have sprouted about six feet into the actual road surface and appear to be protected by carefully positioned yellow barriers.
Market Trader Mick Foreman, who brought the plants to the attention of the News, said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked by.
“I thought they were just weeds, dandelions or something like that, and then I saw they were tomato plants.
“I’ve never seen them growing in the middle of a road before.
“I reckon with a bit of sun and rain, the tomatoes could be ready to pick in a few weeks. I might pop back then!”
Mr Foreman believes the seeds for the plants must have washed down Watermill Road when the area flooded a couple of months ago.
He added: “Someone looks to be caring for them because they’ve got council-owned barriers round them. ”
Local resident Paul Gibson said he had no idea where the plants had come from.
He added: “There’s a Tesco just across the river. Perhaps they are starting a grow your own service!”
That, of course, would be a ‘soupa’ idea!
A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways department was clearly stunned by the appearance of the tomatoes and added: “We are looking into it.”
As for possible film stardom, who will forget that 1978 hit ‘Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes’?
Residents of Watermill Road beware...
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