HUNDREDS of people joined in a celebration of spuds at a village hall over the weekend.

Rusland Valley Horticultural Society’s (RVHS) Potato Day was held at Greenodd Village Hall on Sunday, selling more than 100 varieties of seed potatoes, onion sets, garlic, seeds, tubers, fruit bushes and trees.

More than 500 people turned up to enter the spirit of gardening.

Gardeners and allotment holders visited from all over South Lakeland to buy a variety of gardening goods supplied by Matthew Smith of Brighter Blooms of Preston, a Chelsea Gold Medal winning nursery.

Mr Smith brought along seed potatoes, onion sets, a selection of fruit trees and bushes and was on hand giving expert advice.

The day was organised by Jean Woodhouse who called it 'a brilliant success'.

She said: “What a brilliant event the Potato Day was on Sunday.

“It was wonderful to see so many young families entering in to the spirit of gardening.

“More than 500 people attended the event and went home with fruit trees, bushes, and loads of potatoes etc. Here’s hoping for a good harvest.”

Attendees also enjoyed a selection of home-made foods, including tasty dishes like butternut squash soup and cappuccino and apricot cake.

The Potato Day started in 2011 when the RVHS needed to boost funds after acquiring a field to hold the Rusland Show.

The Rusland Community got together and through personal loans as well as aid from the Rusland Valley Community Trust were able to raise enough funds to make the purchase.

Organisers hope to schedule next year’s Potato Day on the same weekend next year.

Pictured inset is Alice Brough, seven, enjoying the event.