MONSTER MANGO: Bill Willis, 82, from Walkerston with a massive 1.5 kilogram mango that dropped from a mango tree in his backyard on Tuesday.
MONSTER MANGO: Bill Willis, 82, from Walkerston with a massive 1.5 kilogram mango that dropped from a mango tree in his backyard on Tuesday. Emma Murray

Walkerston retiree proud as punch about monster mango

WHEN retired painter Bill Willis stumbled into his backyard on Tuesday morning to inspect his prized mango tree, a behemoth awaited him at his feet.

Unable to withstand the sheer weight of the 1.5kg monster, the branch bearing the biggest fruit he had seen on his Walkerston property collapsed; surprising the awestruck 82-year-old.

"About a 1kg one is rare - I've had about three of those - but this one I didn't even know was on the tree," Mr Willis said.

Having planted the tree around the time of his retirement more than two decades ago, Mr Willis' history of farming and pruning dates back to his father; a sheep-shearer who distributed wool for the military during World War II and kept his sons busy on the family property.

The tree stands impressively and grows several significant mangos, however they pale in comparison to his cherished masterpiece.

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