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Brits flock to Spain for Running of the Bulls festival

Thousands of revellers cram into the main square in northern Pamplona for the start of the Running of the Bulls festival. Credit: Reuters

There was water fights and wine squirting as the annual festival of the Running of the Bulls got underway in Spain today.

Thousands of revellers, many of them British, donned traditional white outfits and red neckerchiefs for the beginning of the nine-day festival.

A woman is soaked with water from a balcony. Credit: Reuters

The first of eight bull runs is set to begin at 8am local time tomorrow, when thousands of thrill-seekers will try to run alongside six fearsome bulls down a narrow 875-yard course through the city's streets.

A woman has wine squirted in her mouth as revellers Credit: Reuters

Later in the afternoon the bulls will face matadors and be killed in the ring.

Animal rights activists staged protests warning that 48 bulls are killed at the festival, which is known in Spain as San Fermin, each year.