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WIMBLEDON fans who are looking forward to sitting down in front of the TV next week with a bowl of fresh strawberries will be delighted to hear the rain hasn’t stopped one local grower from being ready in time.

In spite of the season running a month later than normal, strawberries have just gone on sale at Hollytree Farm in Broadgate, Weston.

Farmer Melvyn Bowers said: “With all the rain the strawberries are four weeks behind and we have some bad ones, too.

“But they are nice and plump and full of flavour.”

Mr Bowers and his wife, Diane, have a one-and-a-half acre strawberry field and have only just been able to start picking the fruit. The family has been growing strawberries on the farm for 50 years.

He said: “We have five varieties so they don’t all come at once, but we don’t know how long the season will last. That’s up to the weather – we’re just hoping for sunshine.”