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  • The streets of a Spanish town were certainly painted red on Wednesday as tens of thousands

  • of people armed with 140 tonnes of plum tomatoes took part in the annual Tomatina.

  • Joyously splattering each other in the Spanish town of Bunol, the town hall spent about 30,000

  • euros on ripe tomatoes and dumped them in the streets for the chanting masses to throw

  • during the hour-long morning festivities.

  • 22,000 people took part in the 2014 tomato fight, many coming from abroad, and this is

  • the second year that participants have to pay a 10 euro ticket to be able to take part.

  • Truckloads of vitamin C and fibre were soon pureed on the streets, with the ripe redness

  • smeared over walls and people.

  • The origin of the tomato fight is disputed, but most agree it started around 1940, in

  • the early years of the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.

The streets of a Spanish town were certainly painted red on Wednesday as tens of thousands

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Saucy! Thousands get splattered red in Tomatina tomato fight festival in Spain

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