Painting the town red. We’ve all used it, but where does the phrase actually come from?
Some say it originates from a story dating back to 1837 when a party of drunken aristocrats including the created havoc following the Croxton Park races.
According to the London Examiner, the trouble started near Thorpe End bridge in the early hours when revellers attacked the door and window shutters of the toll keeper’s home.
Armed with red paint and plenty of brushes, they went down Beast Market, now Sherrard Street, smearing the front doors of houses, demolishing flower pots and daubing shop fronts.