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St Andrews students celebrate annual Raisin Monday

Hundreds of first-year students at the University of St Andrews have taken part in a giant foam fight on Raisin Monday.

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The day marked the end of a weekend of festivities to thank their senior students, or "parents", for mentoring them.

The first-year "children" were given fancy dress costumes to wear to descend on St Salvator's Quad for the giant shaving foam fight.

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The foam has not always been part of the tradition.

Paloma Paige, association president for the students' union, said: "It's just evolved throughout the years and this has now become the quintessential part of the whole weekend."

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Raisin Weekend dates back into St Andrews' history and is so called because children traditionally gave their academic parents a pound of raisins to thank them for welcoming them to St Andrews.

This year, students were seen dressed as bananas, gnomes, robots, and even a police box.

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