Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Students welcomed in foam fight

First-year students at St Andrews University fight with shaving foam to celebrate Raisin Day

A giant foam fight has marked the traditional student welcome at Scotland's oldest university.

Hundreds of freshers pelted each other with shaving foam at St Salvator's Quad in St Andrews, the messy end to the university's annual "raisin" weekend.

Newcomers are taken under the wing of more senior students who host a welcome party. Tradition dictates they present their "parent" with a pound of raisins as a thank-you, though these days it is more likely to be a bottle of wine.

The custom ends the following day with a procession and foam fight in the heart of the campus.

Students were warned this year that any illegal or disruptive behaviour would put the future of the tradition at stake.

St Andrews, whose alumni include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was founded in 1413.

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